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civ·et

 (sĭv′ĭt)
n.
1.
a. Any of various catlike mammals of the family Viverridae of Africa and Asia, having anal scent glands that secrete a fluid with a musky odor. Also called civet cat.
b. The thick yellowish musky fluid secreted by one of these mammals, used in the manufacture of perfumes.
c. The fur of one of these mammals.
2. The palm civet of Africa.

[French civette, from Old French, from Catalan civetta, from Medieval Latin zibethus, from Arabic zabād, civet perfume.]

civet

(ˈsɪvɪt)
n
1. (Animals) any catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Viverra and related genera, of Africa and S Asia, typically having blotched or spotted fur and secreting a powerfully smelling fluid from anal glands
2. (Biochemistry) the yellowish fatty secretion of such an animal, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfumes
3. (Textiles) the fur of such an animal
4. (Animals) short for palm civet
[C16: from Old French civette, from Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabād civet perfume]

civ•et

(ˈsɪv ɪt)

n.
1. Also called civ′et cat`. any of several catlike carnivores of the family Viverridae, esp. of the genera Viverra of the Orient and Civettictis of Africa.
2. a musky secretion of civets, used in perfumery.
[1525–35; < Middle French civette < Catalan civetta « Arabic zabād civet perfume]
civ′et•like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.civet - cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumescivet - cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
viverrine, viverrine mammal - small cat-like predatory mammals of warmer parts of the Old World
large civet, Viverra zibetha - common civet of India and southeast Asia
small civet, Viverricula indica, Viverricula malaccensis - a common civet of southeast Asia
Arctictis bintourong, bearcat, binturong - arboreal civet of Asia having a long prehensile tail and shaggy black hair
Cryptoprocta, genus Cryptoprocta - large primitive cat-like carnivores inhabiting forests of Madagascar
fanaloka, Fossa fossa - civet of Madagascar
banded palm civet, Hemigalus hardwickii - an East Indian civet
palm cat, palm civet - spotted or striped arboreal civet of southeast Asia and East Indies
Translations

civet

[ˈsɪvɪt] Nalgalia f

civet

n (= substance)Zibet m; (= cat)Zibetkatze f

civet

[ˈsɪvɪt] nzibetto
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She distils nothing of the kind, vile rabble," said Don Quixote, burning with rage, "nothing of the kind, I say, only ambergris and civet in cotton; nor is she one-eyed or humpbacked, but straighter than a Guadarrama spindle: but ye must pay for the blasphemy ye have uttered against beauty like that of my lady.
He follows rigidly the conventions of dress and manners; but in the business of poking his nose into places where he does not belong he could give pointers to a civet cat or a jackdaw.
The Peta investigation found that civet bean farmers have no problem in labelling their product 100% wild sourced, despite the animals being caged.
Galstaun said that anything you got today claiming to be Kopi Luak was plain Java coffee with maybe one or two beans from a civet turd in it to make it legit.
Dubai Connoisseurs throughout the world have discovered the extraordinary taste of Civet coffee, or kopi luwak, as it is called in Indonesia, where it comes from.
Civet is siphoned from the genitals of Ethiopian cats, ambergris is
Coffee makers in Asia have taken recycling to the extreme in using beans that have been eaten, partially digested and excreted by a weasel-like mammal - the palm civet.
The rich and wholesome gastronomy of this area draws from the terroir in wonderful dishes such as cassoulet and civet of wild boar.
EVERYONE seems to be talking about kupi luwak, the most expensive coffee beans in the world, selected and digested by the civet cat, and then dubbed cat poo coffee.
The bean is eaten, partly digested and then expelled by the Indonesian civet cat, before being roasted.
KOPI Luwak, or Civet coffee from Indonesia, is only for the heavy of wallet - and strong of stomach.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed hundreds of people in China and left 5,300 Chinese sick with pneumonia earlier this year (and nearly brought China to an economic standstill) is believed by scientists to be linked to the civet cat--a favorite Chinese ye wei dish, usually served in a stew.