n. A substance, of the consistence of butter or honey, taken from glands in the anal pouch of the civet 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.
- (Zool) 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 of the subfamily Viverrinae.
- vb. To scent or perfume with civet.