nMusang(Zoöl) A small animal of Java (Paradoxirus fasciatus), allied to the civets. It swallows, but does not digest, large quantities of ripe coffee berries, thus serving to disseminate the coffee plant; hence it is called also coffee rat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nmusangA viverroid mammal of the genus Paradoxurus, P. hermaphroditus (also called P. musanga; P. typus, and P. fasciatus), occurring throughout the countries east of the Bay of Bengal — Burma, Siam, the Malay peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo. It has the back generally striped, a pale band crosses the forehead, and the whiskers are black. The name extends to any paradoxure, and to some similar animals. The golden musang is P. aureus; the hill-musang is P. grayi; the three-striped white-eared musang is Arctogale leucotis. See paradoxure.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
nMusangmū-sang′ a paradoxure, or a related civet, esp. the East Indian coffee-rat.