: a genus (the type of the family Viverridae) of civets comprising the common large civet (V. zibetha) of India and southeastern Asia

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, ferret; akin to Old English ācweorna squirrel, Old High German eihhurno, eihhorno, Old Norse īkorni, Lithuanian vaiverė̃, voverė̃ squirrel, vaiverìs male polecat, male marten, Czech vaverka squirrel

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“Viverra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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