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  • n. The Malayan civet (Viverra tangalunga).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An East Indian civet (Viverra tangalunga).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The civet-cat of Sumatra, Viverra tangalunga, about 2½ feet in length, of which the tail is about one third.

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  • "Stephen said, 'Speaking without the least authority—what is that at the window?'

    "'A tangalung, a Java civet,' said Raffles, opening the casement. 'Come, Tabitha.' And after a pause the pretty creature, striped and spotted, came and sat in his lap, looking at Stephen with a frown.

    Stephen lowered his voice respectfully and went on, 'Without the least authority, I think I may assert that no offer could be more unwelcome.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 102

    March 6, 2008