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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [siv-it]
    • /ˈsɪv ɪt/
    • /ˈsɪv.ɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [siv-it]
    • /ˈsɪv ɪt/

Definitions of civet word

  • noun civet any catlike viverrine mammal of the genus Viverra and related genera, of Africa and S Asia, typically having blotched or spotted fur and secreting a powerfully smelling fluid from anal glands 3
  • noun civet the yellowish fatty secretion of such an animal, used as a fixative in the manufacture of perfumes 3
  • noun civet the fur of such an animal 3
  • noun civet a yellowish, fatty substance with a musklike scent, secreted by a gland near the genitals of the civet cat and used in making some perfumes 3
  • noun civet the civet cat 3
  • noun civet its fur 3

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Origin of civet

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; < Middle French civette < Catalan civetta ≪ Arabic zabād civet perfume; see zibet

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Parts of speech for Civet


civet popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for civet

noun civet

  • puma — cougar.
  • lynx — A wild cat with yellowish-brown fur (sometimes spotted), a short tail, and tufted ears, found chiefly in the northern latitudes of North America and Eurasia.
  • leopard — a large, spotted Asian or African carnivore, Panthera pardus, of the cat family, usually tawny with black markings; the Old World panther: all leopard populations are threatened or endangered.
  • tiger — the cougar, jaguar, thylacine, or other animal resembling the tiger.
  • lion — a large, usually tawny-yellow cat, Panthera leo, native to Africa and southern Asia, having a tufted tail and, in the male, a large mane.

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