American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various carnivorous catlike mammals of the family Viverridae of Africa and Asia, having anal scent glands that secrete a fluid with a musky odor. Also called civet cat.
- n. The thick yellowish musky fluid secreted by one of these mammals, used in the manufacture of perfumes.
- n. The fur of one of these mammals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The secretion of the anal glands of the civet-cats, used in perfumery, etc. It is an unctuous resinous substance, of an aromatic odor like musk or ambergris, of the consistence of butter or honey, of a pale-yellowish color, and contains a volatile oil to which it owes its smell, together with resin, fat, mucus, and extractive matters.
- n. The civet-cat.
- n. plural The animals of the genus Viverra or family Viverridæ.
- To scent with civet; perfume.
- n. A stew, usually of rabbit or hare, flavored with onion, cives, garlic, or the like.
- n. A carnivorous catlike animal that produces a musky secretion. It is two to three feet long, with black bands and spots on the body and tail.
- n. The musky perfume produced by the animal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. (Zoöl) 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.
- v. To scent or perfume with civet.
- n. cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
- From French civette, from Arabic زباد. (Wiktionary)
- French civette, from Old French, from Catalan civetta, from Medieval Latin zibethus, from Arabic zabād, civet perfume. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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