Definition of Civet

1. Noun. Cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes.

Definition of Civet

1. n. 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. v. t. To scent or perfume with civet.

Definition of Civet

1. Noun. A carnivorous catlike animal that produces a musky secretion. It is two to three feet long, with black bands and spots on the body and tail. ¹

2. Noun. The musky perfume produced by the animal. ¹

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Definition of Civet

1. a catlike mammal [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Civet

civet (current term)
civet bean
civet cat
civic center
civic crown
civic crowns
civic duty
civic leader
civic pride
civic responsibility

Literary usage of Civet

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1. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy by Royal Irish Academy (1874)
"Tms Paper is based on the dissection of a large civet Cat (Vivem civetta), ... The exoskeletal muscular system in the civet was well marked, ..."

2. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1871)
"The civet perfumes of commerce are obtained from two sources. ... This is the civet Castor of North America, and is imported into India f»r medicinal ..."

3. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley (1859)
"The civet is about 2^ feet long from the nose to the end of the tail, ... In Abyssinia and some parts of Asia the civet is kept in considerable numbers in a ..."

4. A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith (1823)
"THE civet. PROCEEDING from the smaller to the greater of this kind, we come, in the last place, to the civet, which is much larger than any of the former; ..."

5. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert Armitage Sterndale (1884)
"The drug civet is usually collected from the glands of this and other species, which are confined for the purpose in cages in which they can hardly turn ..."

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