Viverridae

plural noun Vi·ver·ri·dae \-rəˌdē\

Definition of Viverridae

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of viverridae

New Latin, from Viverra, type genus + -idae


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