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civet

[siv-it] /ˈsɪv ɪt/
noun
1.
a yellowish, unctuous substance with a strong musklike odor, obtained from a pouch in the genital region of civets and used in perfumery.
2.
any catlike, carnivorous mammal of the subfamily Viverrinae, chiefly of southern Asia and Africa, having a coarse-haired, spotted coat, rounded ears, and a narrow muzzle.
3.
any of various related or similar animals, as the palm civet.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Middle French civette < Catalan civettaArabic zabād civet perfume; see zibet
Related forms
civetlike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for civetlike

civet

/ˈsɪvɪt/
noun
1.
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.
the yellowish fatty secretion of such an animal, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfumes
3.
the fur of such an animal
4.
short for palm civet
Word Origin
C16: from Old French civette, from Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabād civet perfume
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Word Origin and History for civetlike

civet

n.

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."

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