What does the word civet mean?

Usage examples for civet

  1. Now and then at these times he brought out a faded Italian anecdote, faintly smelling of civet, and threadbare in its ancient texture. – The White Mr. Longfellow From "Literary Friends And Acquaintances" by William Dean Howells
  2. I, if I chance in laughing vein to note Rufillus' civet and Gargonius' goat, Must I be toad or scorpion? – The Satires, Epistles, and Art of Poetry by Horace a.k.a. Quintus Horatius Flaccus Translated by John Conington, M. A.
  3. The skull however is prolonged, and the teeth are civet- like. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale