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Meaning of ZIBET

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Zib"et\, Zibeth \Zib"eth\, n. [Cf. It. zibetto. See
{Civet}.] (Zo["o]l.)
A carnivorous mammal ({Viverra zibetha}) closely allied to
the civet, from which it differs in having the spots on the
body less distinct, the throat whiter, and the black rings on
the tail more numerous.

Note: It inhabits India, Southern China, and the East Indies.
      It yields a perfume similar to that of the civet. It is
      often domesticated by the natives, and then serves the
      same purposes as the domestic cat. Called also
      {Asiatic, or Indian, civet}.

 

 

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