Civ"et (?), n. [F. civette (cf. It. zibetto) civet, civet cat, fr. LGr. , fr. Ar. zubd, zabd, civet.]


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 agreeble when a small portion is mixed with another substance. It is used as a perfume.

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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Civ"et (?), v. t.

To scent or perfume with civet.



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