civet cat

noun

Definition of civet cat

1 : civet 1
2 : ringtail 2
3 : any of several small spotted skunks (genus Spilogale) of western North America

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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