from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several catlike viverrid mammals of the genera Poiana and Prionodon of Asia and Africa, having a spotted coat and a long banded tail.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of Viverridæ, now commonly called Prionodon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of the members of two superficially catlike animal species classified in the mammalian subfamily Prionodontinae.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License



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