vi·​ver·​rid | \ vī-ˈver-əd How to pronounce viverrid (audio) \

Definition of viverrid

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

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viverrid adjective

First Known Use of viverrid

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viverrid

New Latin Viverridae, from Viverra, type genus, from Latin viverra ferret; akin to Old English ācweorna squirrel, Lithuanian voverė

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“Viverrid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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