civet cat

noun

Definition of civet cat 

3 : any of several small spotted skunks (genus Spilogale) of western North America

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As night fell during the drive, a civet cat scurried in front of the vehicle, its eyes bright in the headlights. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018 As night fell during the drive, a civet cat scurried in front of the vehicle, its eyes bright in the headlights. Christopher Torchia, The Christian Science Monitor, "Underdogs no more: African wild dogs make comeback in Mozambique," 22 June 2018 As night fell during the drive, a civet cat scurried in front of the vehicle, its eyes bright in the headlights. Washington Post, "African wild dogs make comeback at Mozambican wildlife park," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of civet cat

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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civet cat

noun

Medical Definition of civet cat 

: any of several carnivorous mammals (family Viverridae) especially : a long-bodied short-legged African animal (Civettictis civetta) that produces most of the civet of commerce

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