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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viverrid was in 1902

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“Viverrid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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