American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A civet (Arctictis binturong) of southeast Asia with a long prehensile tail. Also called bearcat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native name, and now the usual book-name, of Arctictis binturong, an Indian prehensile-tailed carnivorous mammal of the family Viverridæ and subfamily Arctictidinæ. Also called Iclides ater or I. albifrons, and formerly Viverra binturong. See Arctictis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small Asiatic civet of the genus Arctilis.
- n. arboreal civet of Asia having a long prehensile tail and shaggy black hair
- From Malay binturung. (Wiktionary)
- Malay benturong, binturong. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In 2002, an Asian bearcat known as a binturong showed up on an unsuspecting homeowner's front porch after fleeing his Beaver County owner, who had bought him as a baby -- illegally, it turned out.”
“Other notable mammals include carnivores, such as leopard Panthera pardus, wild dog or dhole Cuon alpinus (VU), leopard cat Felis bengalensis, fishing cat F. viverrina (LR), Javan mongoose Herpestes javanicus and several civets, including binturong Arctictis binturong.”
“Roe noted that the agency also has received reports of other exotic animals being found throughout Pennsylvania, such as a binturong found on a Beaver County family's porch in 2002; an African serval, resembling a small cheetah, which had been illegally possessed and escaped from its Pittsburgh owner several times before being confiscated in 2001; and two wallabies that escaped from their owners in Ambler in 2001.”
“The Palawan binturong is hunted for meat and as pets, and the pangolin is hunted for its hide.”
“Five endemic mammal species are considered vulnerable, including Acerodon leucotis, the Palawan treeshrew (Tupaia palawanensis), the Palawan stink badger (Mydaus marchei), the Palawan binturong (Arctictis binturong whitei), and a Sunda tree squirrel (Sundasciurus rabori).”
“Other mammals include binturong Arctictis binturong, anteater Manis javanicus, oriental small-clawed otter Amblonyx cinerea, palm civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus, oriental civet Viverra tangalunga and crab eating macaque Maccaca fasicularis.”
“HANNA: But the binturong, Larry, is in the mongoose family.”
“HANNA: Right, Larry, this is a binturong from Asia.”
“KING: Next is a binturong, nicknamed the bearcat, although he's not a bear and he's not a cat.”
“CORWIN: What is so cool about the binturong is that this guy is arboreal.”
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