noun civ·et \ˈsi-vət\

: a wild animal that is like a cat and that has a long body, short legs, and a long tail

: a substance from the body of the civet that has a strong smell and is sometimes used to make perfume

Full Definition of CIVET

:  any of various Old World carnivorous viverrid mammals with long bodies, short legs, and a usually long tail
:  a thick yellowish musky-odored substance found in a sac near the anus of the civet (especially genera Civettictis, Viverra, and Viverricula) and used in perfume

Illustration of CIVET

Origin of CIVET

Middle French civette, from Old Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabād civet perfume
First Known Use: 1532

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with CIVET

Medical Dictionary


noun civ·et \ˈsiv-ət\

Medical Definition of CIVET

:  a thick yellowish musky-odored substance found in a pouch near the sexual organs of the civet cat and used in perfume
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