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civet

a large cat-like animal but with short legs and a long muzzle and without retractile claws. The family Viverridae includes civets and genets; the civets are characterized by the secretion of a valuable scent from their anal glands, and are kept in captivity so that the scent can be harvested. They are nocturnal, carnivorous and largely arboreal. Common genera are Civettictis, Viverra and Genetta, but there are many other genera of civets. Also the spotted skunk, a completely unrelated animal, is known as a civet in the USA.
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Chinese scientists have discovered that the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is also carried by foxes and cats in addition to civet cats, Chinese media reported Saturday.
And Merchant Gourmet's Simon Bell tells of an Indonesian coffee that's made from a bean that is first eaten, digested, then excreted by the Civet cat.
De-Sheng (1986) wrote a review article of the civet cat and presented detailed GC-Mass Spectrometery data on the composition of steam micro-distillation-extraction volatiles from civet secretions obtained from the Chinese civet V.
182) reported "the civet cat is common all over Texas except the open plains country of the western half from Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Seguin, Austin, Brownwood and Grady westward".
The camel is the "amplifier host', he said, just as the civet cat was the amplifier host in China after being bitten by a fruit bat, he said.
EVERYONE seems to be talking about kupi luwak, the most expensive coffee beans in the world, selected and digested by the civet cat, and then dubbed cat poo coffee.
The line also includes Thai green curry flavoured crickets, toffee scorpion candy, Tequila lollipops with real worms inside and civet coffee, which is made from coffee beans that are prepared for roasting by being passed through a civet cat.
Kopi Luwak or the civet cat, as it often referred, live in the foliage of plantations across Southeast Asia are extremely fussy and only pick the ripest coffee cherries to consume.
Much nicer is civet cat, "though it looked like my little cat Tom".
The bean is eaten, partly digested and then expelled by the Indonesian civet cat, before being roasted.
A pound of civet cat sells for around $6, or 10 percent of an average worker's monthly salary; monkey meat brings three times more.
SARS, of course, is an exception, having "jumped" to humans from its likely natural host, the civet cat, he said.