civetlike

civet

[siv-it]
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:
1525–35; < Middle French civette < Catalan civettaArabic zabād civet perfume; see zibet

civetlike, adjective
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civet (ˈsɪvɪt)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Old French civette, from Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabād civet perfume]

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civet
1532, from Fr. civette, from It. zibetto, from Arabic zabad "musk," but perhaps ult. from an African language.
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