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civet


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Civet  \Civ"et\,  v.  t. 
  To  scent  or  perfume  with  civet.  --Cowper 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Civet  \Civ"et\,  n.  [F.  civette  (cf.  It  zibetto)  civet,  civet 
  cat,  fr  LGr.  ?,  fr  Ar  zub?d,  zab?d,  civet.] 
  1.  A  substance,  of  the  consistence  of  butter  or  honey,  taken 
  from  glands  in  the  anal  pouch  of  the  civet  ({Viverra 
  civetta}).  It  is  of  clear  yellowish  or  brownish  color,  of 
  a  strong,  musky  odor,  offensive  when  undiluted,  but 
  agreeable  when  a  small  portion  is  mixed  with  another 
  substance.  It  is  used  as  a  perfume. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l)  The  animal  that  produces  civet  ({Viverra 
  civetta});  --  called  also  {civet  cat}.  It  is  carnivorous, 
  from  two  to  three  feet  long,  and  of  a  brownish  gray  color, 
  with  transverse  black  bands  and  spots  on  the  body  and 
  tail.  It  is  a  native  of  northern  Africa  and  of  Asia.  The 
  name  is  also  applied  to  other  species. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  civet 
  n  :  catlike  mammal  typically  secreting  musk  used  in  perfumes 
  [syn:  {civet  cat}] 




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