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Noun: civet cat  si-vit kat
  1. Raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
    - bassarisk, cacomistle, cacomixle, coon cat, raccoon fox, ringtail, ring-tailed cat, miner's cat, Bassariscus astutus
  2. Cat-like mammal typically secreting musk used in perfumes
    - civet

Derived forms: civet cats

Type of: procyonid, viverrine, viverrine mammal

Part of: Bassariscus, family Viverridae, family Viverrinae, genus Bassariscus, Viverridae, Viverrinae

Encyclopedia: Civet cat