from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various carnivorous catlike mammals of the family Viverridae of Africa and Asia, having anal scent glands that secrete a fluid with a musky odor. Also called civet cat.
- n. The thick yellowish musky fluid secreted by one of these mammals, used in the manufacture of perfumes.
- n. The fur of one of these mammals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. The musky perfume produced by the animal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To scent or perfume with civet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The secretion of the anal glands of the civet-cats, used in perfumery, etc.
- n. The civet-cat.
- n. plural The animals of the genus Viverra or family Viverridæ.
- To scent with civet; perfume.
- n. A stew, usually of rabbit or hare, flavored with onion, cives, garlic, or the like.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
French civette, from Old French, from Catalan civetta, from Medieval Latin zibethus, from Arabic zabād, civet perfume.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French civette, from Arabic زباد. (Wiktionary)