American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several Asian or African catlike carnivorous mammals of the genera Poiana or Prionodon, having a spotted coat and a long banded tail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of civet-cat found in Java, etc., banded with black and white, and having 38 teeth, Prionodon (Linsang) gracilis. A related African species, Prionodon (Poiana) richardsoni, is known as the Guinea linsang.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of Viverridæ, now commonly called Prionodon.
- n. Any of the members of two superficially catlike animal species classified in the mammalian subfamily Prionodontinae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any viverrine mammal of the genus Prionodon, inhabiting the East Indies and Southern Asia. The common East Indian linsang (Prionodon gracilis) is white, crossed by broad, black bands. The Guinea linsang (Porana Richardsonii) is brown with black spots.
- Javanese. (Wiktionary)
- Malay. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This is a very curious animal, which, like the panda and the linsang, at first misled naturalists in assigning it a place.”
“Elephants, clouded leopards, spotted linsang, boar and deer thrive below the canopy, which is filled with the song of myna, lapwings, laughing thrushes and other exotic birds.”
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