• A carnivorous catlike animal, Civettictis civetta (species), that produces a musky secretion. It is two to three feet long, with black bands and spots on the body and tail.
  • The musky perfume produced by the animal.
  • Any animal in the family Viverridae or the similar family Nandiniidae (family)
  • Any of several species of spotted skunk, in the genus Spilogale.


  • From French civette, from Italian zibetto, from Medieval Latin zibethum, from Arabic زَبَاد.

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