from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of civet-cats. See Viverra.


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  • A young girl who refuses to keep her engagement is called a civetta -- an owlet -- probably because owlets are used as a decoy all over the country in snaring and shooting all small birds.

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  • Besides leopard, other smaller predators include the small spotted genet (Genetta genetta), serval (Felis serval) and the African civet (Civettictis civetta).

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  • The top carnivores in this ecoregion are leopard (Panthera pardus EN), golden cat (Profelis aurata), and African civet (Civettictis civetta).

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  • Smaller predators include the large spotted genet (Genetta tigrina), the African civet (Civettictis civetta) and serval (Felis serval).

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  • As for Italy, I suggest you look out for the practice of candidates standing on what are known as "liste civetta", a decoy list that provides no votes for the candidate's actual party and thus does not deny it constituency seats.

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  • He reasoned that in Ethiopia, a different species of civet coexists with wild coffee beans, and thus: "In a forthcoming issue of Food Research International, Marcone describes how he brewed coffee from beans that he personally picked out of the faeces of African civets Civettictis civetta and compared it with a mug of Kopi Luwak."

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  • Screech-owl, a different bird, would be a different word, civetta, or possibly strige.

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  • At the foot of the slab was carved a little owl (civetta), a bird, my friend informed me, very common about here.

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  • -- This substance is secreted by the _Viverra civetta_, or civet cat.

    The Art of Perfumery And Methods of Obtaining the Odors of Plants

  • Civet-cat, tanggalong (Viverra civetta): the natives take the civet, as they require it for use, from a peculiar receptacle under the tail of the animal.

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