viverrine

viverrine

[vahy-ver-ahyn, -in, vi-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining 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; < Neo-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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viverrine (vaɪˈvɛraɪn)
 
adj
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)
 
n
2.  any animal belonging to the family Viverridae
 
[C19: from New Latin viverrīnus, from Latin viverra a ferret]

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viverrine   (vī-věr'ĭn, -īn')  Pronunciation Key 
Characteristic of or resembling civets or their kin.
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