Some have classed it among dogs, others with hyenas, some make a civet of it, and others a fox.
But it is very improper for such folk to smear themselves with civet.
The civet has nothing in common with the hyna but the glandular pouch, under the tail, and the mane along the neck and back-bone.
Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination.
The smell of the civet, though stronger, is more agreeable than that of the musk.
Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, says Shakspeare.
The animal excreta, musk and civet, also enter into the composition of modern European pastils and clous fumants.
Pardon me, I am no seller of plasters, nor of ounces of civet.
The civet brought from Amsterdam is preferred to that which comes from the Levant or the Indies, as being the most genuine.
In the Genet and the civet the contraction of the pupil is as in the Cat.
1530s, from Middle French civette (15c.), ultimately (with Italian zibetto, Medieval Latin zibethum, Medieval Greek zapetion) via lost intermediate forms from Arabic zabad "civet," said to be related to zabad "foam, froth," zubd "cream."