From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Zibet \Zib"et\, Zibeth \Zib"eth\, n. [Cf. It. zibetto. See
   Civet.] (Zool.)
   A carnivorous mammal (Viverra zibetha) closely allied to
   the civet, from which it differs in having the spots on the
   body less distinct, the throat whiter, and the black rings on
   the tail more numerous.
   [1913 Webster]

   Note: It inhabits India, Southern China, and the East Indies.
         It yields a perfume similar to that of the civet. It is
         often domesticated by the natives, and then serves the
         same purposes as the domestic cat. Called also {Asiatic
         civet} or Indian civet.
         [1913 Webster]
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