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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
We buy the coffee cherries, which are evidence that they were digested by the civet cats in the mountains,' says Escaler.
They include carnivores and herbivores from genets and civet cats that are sometimes a problem with poultry, to hippos and elephants that escape from confinement and damage fences, crops and orchards.
Osterholm said public health workers were able to stop a "faucet of infection" from flowing once they traced the SARS virus to animals such as civet cats and badger dogs in markets located in the Guangdong Province of China.
Abu Zayd al-Slrafl, the author of the first of the two books (Accounts of China and India) wrote about "the Sea of India and China, in whose depths are pearls and ambergris, in whose rocky isles are gems and mines of gold, in the mouth of whose beasts is ivory, in whose forest grow ebony, sapan wood, rattans, and trees that bear aloe-wood, camphor, nutmeg, cloves, sandalwood, and all manner of fragrant and aromatic spices, whose birds are parrots and peacocks, and the creeping things of whose earth are civet cats and musk gazelles, and all the rest that no one could enumerate, so many are its blessings.
3 The origin was later linked to bats which are commonly sold in markets in China, primarily as food for civet cats, which in turn serve as a delicacy for humans.
Talk in the aisles concerned the recent damaging BBC World Report exposing animal abuse of civet cats in Indonesia by producers of Kopi Luwak coffee, and the continued need for transparency and proof of origin.
While SARS was traced to bats before jumping to humans via civet cats, the source of the MERS virus remains a mystery.
The virus behind the SARS epidemic 10 years ago is thought to have jumped to humans in China from any number of animals, including imported civet cats.
The SARS pathogen turned out to be a bat-borne virus that first infected people via civet cats.
Sourced from Peru and called Terra Nera ('black earth', which sounds better than 'poo coffee') only 45kg of the coffee is made each year (it was 70kg but two of the three Peruvian civet cats recently died).
Bats also harbor other deadly viruses, like Ebola and SARS, which usually infect other animals including monkeys and civet cats before jumping to humans.