civet

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noun civ·et \ˈsi-vət\

Definition of civet

  1. 1 :  any of various Old World carnivorous viverrid mammals with long bodies, short legs, and a usually long tail

  2. 2 :  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

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Origin and Etymology of civet

Medieval French civette, from Old Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabād civet perfume


First Known Use: 1532

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CIVET Defined for English Language Learners

civet

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noun civ·et \ˈsi-vət\

Definition of civet for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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civet

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noun civ·et \ˈsiv-ət\

Medical Definition of civet

  1. 1:  civet cat

  2. 2:  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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