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[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.
Also, genette.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French genette < Arabic jarnait
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British Dictionary definitions for genette

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)
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Word Origin and History for genette

genet

n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for genette

genet

any of about five species of lithe, catlike carnivores of the genus Genetta, family Viverridae. Genets are elongate, short-legged animals with long, tapering tails; pointed noses; large, rounded ears; and retractile claws. Coloration varies among species but usually is pale yellowish or grayish, marked with dark spots and stripes; the tail is banded black and white. Adult genets weigh 1-2 kg (2.2-4.4 pounds) and are about 40-60 cm (16-24 inches) long, excluding the 40-55-centimetre tail

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