Definition of Civet cat
1. Noun. Raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings.
Generic synonyms: Procyonid
Group relationships: Bassariscus, Genus Bassariscus
2. Noun. Cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes.
Group relationships: Family Viverridae, Family Viverrinae, Viverridae, Viverrinae
Generic synonyms: Viverrine, Viverrine Mammal
Specialized synonyms: Large Civet, Viverra Zibetha, Small Civet, Viverricula Indica, Viverricula Malaccensis, Arctictis Bintourong, Bearcat, Binturong, Cryptoprocta, Genus Cryptoprocta, Fanaloka, Fossa Fossa, Banded Palm Civet, Hemigalus Hardwickii, Palm Cat, Palm Civet
Lexicographical Neighbors of Civet Cat
Literary usage of Civet cat
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1899)
"ut in the ravine for a night; an' a thief av a porcupine an' a civet-cat av a jackal roosted in ut, as well we knew in the mornin'. I put ut to you, Sorr, ..."
2. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1814)
"I fays that the civet-cat is peculiar to America, and larger than the ... comes from the civet-cat being frothy, and is put into a ..."
3. Journal of the Straits Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society by Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland Straits Branch (1907)
"Said the civet-cat, " How would you like me for a stepfather, you fatherless little chicks? Tell me where your mother roosts to-night and I will come and ..."
4. Animal Products: Their Preparation, Commercial Uses, and Value by Peter Lund Simmonds (1877)
"The skin makes a soft civet cat. and light fur, but it is imitated by the furriers with grey rabbit- skins dyed. The civet furnished by this species is less ..."
5. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1871)
"civet cat Perfume, Eng. ... is an inferior sort of Musk bag procured from a species of civet cat, V. zibetha, found in many parts of lower Hindoostan. ..."