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Meaning of CIVET

Pronunciation:  'sivit

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  catlike mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes

CIVET is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: civet cat
 See Also: Arctictis bintourong, banded palm civet, bearcat, binturong, Cryptoprocta, family Viverridae, family Viverrinae, fanaloka, Fossa fossa, genus Cryptoprocta, Hemigalus hardwickii, large civet, palm cat, palm civet, small civet, Viverra zibetha, Viverricula indica, Viverricula malaccensis, Viverridae, Viverrinae, viverrine, viverrine mammal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Civ"et\, n. [F. civette (cf. It. zibetto) civet, civet
    cat, fr. LGr. ?, fr. Ar. zub?d, zab?d, civet.]
    1. A substance, of the consistence of butter or honey, taken
       from glands in the anal pouch of the civet ({Viverra
       civetta}). It is of clear yellowish or brownish color, of
       a strong, musky odor, offensive when undiluted, but
       agreeable when a small portion is mixed with another
       substance. It is used as a perfume.
    2. (Zo["o]l) The animal that produces civet ({Viverra
       civetta}); -- called also {civet cat}. It is carnivorous,
       from two to three feet long, and of a brownish gray color,
       with transverse black bands and spots on the body and
       tail. It is a native of northern Africa and of Asia. The
       name is also applied to other species.
  2. \Civ"et\, v. t.
    To scent or perfume with civet. --Cowper