1 any catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Viverra and related genera, of Africa and S Asia, typically having blotched or spotted fur and secreting a powerfully smelling fluid from anal glands
2 the yellowish fatty secretion of such an animal, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfumes
3 the fur of such an animal
4 short for →
palm civet (C16: from Old French civette, from Italian zibetto, from Arabic zabad civet perfume)
n any of various small civet-like arboreal viverrine mammals of the genera Paradoxurus, Hemigalus, etc., of Africa and S and SE Asia
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