Meaning of civet

civ•et

Pronunciation: (siv'it), [key]
— n.
  1. a yellowish, unctuous substance with a strong musklike odor, obtained from a pouch in the genital region of civets and used in perfumery.
  2. any catlike, carnivorous mammal of the subfamily Viverrinae, chiefly of southern Asia and Africa, having a coarse-haired, spotted coat, rounded ears, and a narrow muzzle.
  3. any of various related or similar animals, as the palm civet.
  4. cacomistle.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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