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viverrine

[vahy-ver-ahyn, -in, vi-] /vaɪˈvɛr aɪn, -ɪn, vɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Viverridae, a family of small carnivorous mammals including the civets, genets, palm cats, etc.
noun
2.
a viverrine animal.
Also, viverrid.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < New Latin viverrīnus, equivalent to Viverr(a) a genus name (Latin vīverra the ferret or a similar animal; akin to Lithuanian voverė̃, Old Russian věveritsa, Old English ācwern, Old High German eihhurno squirrel) + -īnus -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for viverrid

viverrine

/vaɪˈvɛraɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Viverridae, a family of small to medium-sized predatory mammals of Eurasia and Africa, including genets, civets and mongooses: order Carnivora (carnivores)
noun
2.
any animal belonging to the family Viverridae
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin viverrīnus, from Latin viverra a ferret
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viverrid
  (vī-věr'ĭd)   
Any of various mostly small carnivorous mammals of the family Viverridae, having long, slender bodies with short legs and bushy tails. Viverrids include the civets, mongooses, meerkats, and binturong.
viverrine
  (vī-věr'ĭn, -īn')   
Characteristic of or resembling civets or their kin.
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Encyclopedia Article for viverrid

any of 35 species of small Old World mammals including civets, genets, and linsangs. Viverrids are among the most poorly known carnivores. They are rarely encountered, being small and secretive inhabitants of forests and dense vegetation. In addition, many species live only on islands or in small areas

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