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  • noun raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
  • noun cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes

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  • Civet cats are perhaps best known for the scrapings of their perineal glands, which produce a musky substance used in high-end fragrances.

    The substance has also traditionally been used in "Civet absolute," an ingredient in the food additives used to add butter, caramel, and rum flavorings to sweets.

    from http://www.slate.com/id/2093538/

    I have read elsewhere that civet cat perineal glands are also used in creating some artificial grape flavoring for sweets and soft drinks.

    February 9, 2008