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civet cat

the fur of the cacomistle.
Western U.S. skunk.
Also called California mink (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of civet cat
1600-10, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I had a civet-cat the other day, too; but it ran away, after scratching my monkey's cheek, and I am in search of it still.

  • She told me it had spots like a civet-cat, and this has spots like a civet-cat.'

  • He talks like a parrot, looks like a woman, dresses like a monkey, and smells like a civet-cat.

    Self-control Mary Brunton
  • And keeping her teeth still well exposed, Lady Larford glided away, her skirts exhaling an odour of civet-cat as she moved.

    The Treasure of Heaven Marie Corelli
  • If one wear a girdle of civet-cat skin in battle, he will escape unhurt.

  • The large Indian civet-cat is not uncommon, but the spotted tiger-civet, a very beautiful and active creature, is rare.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • Piang caught sight of a civet-cat crouching in a tree on one island.

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