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Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Viverridae, which includes the civets and genets.
[From New Latin Vīverridae, family name, from Vīverra, type genus, from Latin vīverra, ferret.]
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(Animals) an animal of the family Viverridae
(Zoology) zoology relating to the family Viverridae
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vi•ver•rid(vaɪˈvɛr ɪd, vɪ-)
1. of or pertaining to the Viverridae, a family of small carnivorous mammals including the civets, genets, and mongooses.n.
2. a viverrid animal.
[1790–1800; < New Latin Viverridae, derivative of Viverr(a) a genus (Latin vīverra the ferret or a similar animal]
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