• WordNet 3.6
    • n civet cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Musk is extracted from the bottom of a civet, and is used as an ingredient to make perfumes.
    • 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 agreeable when a small portion is mixed with another substance. It is used as a perfume.
    • Civet (Zoöl) 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.
    • v. t Civet To scent or perfume with civet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n civet The secretion of the anal glands of the civet-cats, used in perfumery, etc. It is an unctuous resinous substance, of an aromatic odor like musk or ambergris, of the consistence of butter or honey, of a pale-yellowish color, and contains a volatile oil to which it owes its smell, together with resin, fat, mucus, and extractive matters.
    • n civet The civet-cat.
    • n civet plural The animals of the genus Viverra or family Viverridæ.
    • civet To scent with civet; perfume.
    • n civet A stew, usually of rabbit or hare, flavored with onion, cives, garlic, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Civet siv′et a perfume obtained from the civet or Civ′et-cat, a small carnivorous animal of Africa, India, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. civette,cf. It. zibetto,) civet, civet cat, fr. LGr. zape`tion, fr. Ar. zubād, zabād, civet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. civette—Ar. zabad.


In literature:

If one wear a girdle of civet-cat skin in battle, he will escape unhurt.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
His name has been to me as a Civet-box, yea, sweeter than all Perfumes.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I" by Francis W. Halsey
Piang caught sight of a civet-cat crouching in a tree on one island.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
So also is civet and ivory.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 344, June, 1844" by Various
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
The civet cat, stimulated by love or war, fills the glade with an odor so pungent that it seems as if the other senses must mark it.
"Edge of the Jungle" by William Beebe
Musk and civet are of this nature, and it is a significant fact that these substances are used as perfumes by human beings.
"More Science From an Easy Chair" by Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
The large Indian civet-cat is not uncommon, but the spotted tiger-civet, a very beautiful and active creature, is rare.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Thinkest thou I came hither to smell civet?
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
Some civet, good friends, some civet!
"Gycia" by Lewis Morris
Bow traps are placed along the tracks of civets, ichneumons, and rodents, which snap and strangle them.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
His name has been to me as a civet-box, yea, sweeter than all perfumes.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Add some gum dragon dissolved in rose water, and a little civet.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
All three islands possess excellent timber and many civet-cats.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 41 of 55, 1691-1700" by Various
It is smaller than the true civet, and wants the dorsal crest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Then take the best labdanum, benjoin, with storaxes, ambergris, civet, and musk.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
The civet-cat is found in the mountains.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume 29 of 55" by Various
You will need no words to tell you that the civet is a little cousin of the skunk.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
Civet cat, Hariot thought, would prove profitable, 19.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
These secrete various odoriferous substances, of which the well-known "civet" is an example.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard

In news:

A civet farm in Liwa, a town in Sumatra, where the catlike animals eat coffee cherries.
Belatedly , China Acts On Civets.
Enzymes present in the civet 's digestive tract are absorbed by the beans, which in turn transform the proteins responsible for the coffee's taste.
Civets live in the foliage of plantations across Southeast Asia.
Still in Indonesia's capital Jakarta, the owner of three fashionable cafes, Agus Susanto, sells what he claims is a mix of regular beans and those that have passed through civets .
There's only one gift that has the power to make your sweetheart chase you like a love-drunk civet cat or dart around you in circles like an amorous stickleback.
So far there is no connection between the cases except for a history of travel in Saudi Arabia SARS was first spread to humans from civet cats in China.
The White Stripes Concert Movie, Limbeck, Civet, and More.