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

  • n. A civet cat (Viverra zibetha) of India and southeast Asia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The large Indian civet, Viverra zibetha.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A carnivorous mammal (Viverra zibetha) closely allied to the civet, from which it differs in having the spots on the body less distinct, the throat whiter, and the black rings on the tail more numerous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A digitigrade carnivorous quadruped, of the family Viverridæ, Viverra zibetha, a kind of civet found in India and some of the adjacent islands; the Asiatic or Indian civet.


Medieval Latin zibethum or Italian zibetto, both from Arabic zabād, civet perfume.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • African cibet and the Chinese and Indian zibet, yield), including the hyaena civet from the Cape of Good Hope: genets and ichneumons, which will be found on the lower shelves; and the Mexican house-marten.

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  • Usage/citation on genet.

    August 25, 2008

  • A civet cat of India and southeast Asia.

    April 3, 2008