Viverridae

plural noun
Vi·​ver·​ri·​dae | \ -rəˌdē \

Definition of Viverridae

: a family of carnivorous mammals that are rarely larger than a domestic cat but are long, slender, and like a weasel in build with short more or less retractable claws and rounded feet, and include the civets, genets, linsangs, and in some classifications the mongooses

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History and Etymology for Viverridae

New Latin, from Viverra, type genus + -idae

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“Viverridae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Viverridae. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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