Definition of civet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪvɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪvɪt//
    Wild mammals
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  1. 1 [countable] a wild animal like a cat, that lives in central Africa and Asia See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2[uncountable] a substance with a strong smell, obtained from a civet, and used in making perfume
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French civette, from Italian zibetto, from medieval Latin zibethum, from Arabic zabād, denoting the perfume.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: civet