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genet1

or genette

[jen-it, juh-net] /ˈdʒɛn ɪt, dʒəˈnɛt/
noun
1.
any small, Old World carnivore of the genus Genetta, especially G. genetta, having spotted sides and a ringed tail.
2.
the fur of such an animal.
Origin of genet1
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French genette < Arabic jarnait

genet2

[jen-it] /ˈdʒɛn ɪt/
noun
1.

Genet

[zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne] /ʒəˈneɪ; French ʒəˈnɛ/
noun
1.
Jean
[zhahn] /ʒɑ̃/ (Show IPA),
1910–86, French playwright and novelist.

Genêt

[zhuh-ney; French zhuh-ne] /ʒəˈneɪ; French ʒəˈnɛ/
noun
1.
Edmond Charles Edouard
[ed-mawn sharl ey-dwar] /ɛdˈmɔ̃ ʃarl eɪˈdwar/ (Show IPA),
("Citizen Genêt") 1763–1834, French minister to the U.S. in 1793.
2.
pen name of Janet Flanner.

Flanner

[flan-er] /ˈflæn ər/
noun
1.
Janet (Genêt) 1892–1978, U.S. journalist: long based in Paris.

jennet

or genet

[jen-it] /ˈdʒɛn ɪt/
noun
1.
a female donkey.
2.
a small Spanish horse.
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English < Middle French genet < Catalan, variant of ginet horse of the Zenete kind < Spanish Arabic zinētī, dialectal variant of zanātī pertaining to the Zenete tribe (of Berbers), after Zanātah the Zenetes
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genet1

/ˈdʒɛnɪt/
noun
1.
any agile catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Genetta, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Europe, having an elongated head, thick spotted or blotched fur, and a very long tail
2.
the fur of such an animal
Word Origin
C15: from Old French genette, from Arabic jarnayt

genet2

/ˈdʒɛnɪt/
noun
1.
an obsolete spelling of jennet

Genet

/French ʒənɛ/
noun
1.
Jean (ʒɑ̃). 1910–86, French dramatist and novelist; his novels include Notre-Dame des Fleurs (1944) and his plays Les Bonnes (1947) and Le Balcon (1956)

jennet

/ˈdʒɛnɪt/
noun
1.
Also called jenny. a female donkey or ass
2.
a small Spanish riding horse
Word Origin
C15: from Old French genet, from Catalan ginet, horse of the type used by the Zenete, from Arabic Zanātah the Zenete, a Moorish people renowned for their horsemanship
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Word Origin and History for genet
n.

small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.

jennet

n.

"small Spanish horse," mid-15c., from French genet, from Spanish jinete "a light horseman," perhaps from Arabic Zenata, name of a Barbary tribe [Klein]. Sense transferred in English and French from the rider to the horse.

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