civet


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Civet \Civ"et\ (s[i^]v"[e^]t), n. [F. civette (cf. It. zibetto)
   civet, civet cat, fr. LGr. zape`tion, fr. Ar. zub[=a]d,
   zab[=a]d, civet.]
   1. 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.
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   2. (Zool) 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Civet \Civ"et\, v. t.
   To scent or perfume with civet. --Cowper
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