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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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The civet cat was subsequently released in the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary.
In the section on the pleasure of unguents (Vilepanopabhoga), following a passage on the qualities of the best musk that the king should use, we are also told that the king should apply the 'seeds/semen' (bijani) of the civet cat (gandhamarjara, 'perfume/smell cat') that have been collected, put in hot oil, and removed.
In his objectification of the civet cat into 'an ounce of civet' Lear, like the sociologists Latour criticized, has assumed that an object can have no agency in itself; that the only changes that it can bring about are actually changes made by humans--by, in King Lear, the 'good apothecary' who will mix up the medicinal simple.
A mass culling of civet cats, considered a delicacy in southern China, in the province was soon after carried out.
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.
SARS, of course, is an exception, having "jumped" to humans from its likely natural host, the civet cat, he said.
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.
One bloodstock agent of my acquaintance gave up staying at Hotel Stalag Luft Donny and now drives up and down from Newmarket every day, as the prospect of guessing exactly which part of the Civet Cat has gone into `chef's special of the day' was beginning to unhinge her.
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.
The raw red coffee beans are eaten, partly digested and then excreted by the Indonesian civet cat.
The increased demand for civet cat, suspected as the source of severe acute respiratory syndrome, is one such example.
SLAUGHTER: Police raid a wildlife market in Guangzhou city as a civet cat, left, is netted in a zoo; AP