viverrid
noun Etymology: New Latin Viverridae, from Viverra, type genus, from Latin viverra ferret; akin to Old English ācweorna squirrel, Lithuanian voverė Date: 1902 any of a family (Viverridae) of carnivorous mammals that include the civets, genets, linsangs, and in some classifications the mongooses and that are rarely larger than a domestic cat but are long, slender, and like a weasel in build with short more or less retractile claws and rounded feet • viverrid adjective

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  • viverrid — [vī ver′īn, vī ver′invī ver′id] n. 〚< L viverra, a ferret < redupl. of IE base * wer > Pers vavrarah, OPrus weware, OE (ac)weorna, squirrel + IDAE〛 any of a family (Viverridae) of small, slender carnivores, including the civets and mongooses adj …   Universalium

  • viverrid — [vī ver′īn, vī ver′invī ver′id] n. [< L viverra, a ferret < redupl. of IE base * wer > Pers vavrarah, OPrus weware, OE (ac)weorna, squirrel + IDAE] any of a family (Viverridae) of small, slender carnivores, including the civets and… …   English World dictionary

  • viverrid — vi•ver•rid [[t]vaɪˈvɛr ɪd, vɪ [/t]] adj. 1) mam of or pertaining to the Viverridae, a family of small carnivorous mammals including the civets, genets, and mongooses 2) mam a viverrid animal • Etymology: 1790–1800; < NL Viverridae, der. of… …   From formal English to slang

  • viverrid — noun Any member of the family Viverridae …   Wiktionary

  • vivèrrid — vi|vèr|rid Mot Pla Nom masculí …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • viverrid — [vɪ vɛrɪd, vʌɪ ] noun Zoology a mammal of the civet family (Viverridae). Origin early 20th cent.: from mod. L. Viverridae, from L. viverra ferret …   English new terms dictionary

  • viverrid — vi·ver·rid …   English syllables

  • viverrid — n. & adj. n. any mammal of the family Viverridae, including civets, mongooses, and genets. adj. of or relating to this family. Etymology: L viverra ferret + ID(3) …   Useful english dictionary

  • carnivore — carnivoral /kahr niv euhr euhl/, adj. /kahr neuh vawr , vohr /, n. 1. an animal that eats flesh. 2. a flesh eating mammal of the order Carnivora, comprising the dogs, cats, bears, seals, and weasels. 3. an insectivorous plant. [1850 55; < L… …   Universalium

  • Hyena — This article is about the family of animals. For other uses, see Hyena (disambiguation). Hyenas Temporal range: 26–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

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