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Genet \Gen"et\ (j[e^]n"[e^]t or j[-e]*n[e^]t"), Genette \Ge*nette"\ (j[-e]*n[e^]t"), n. [F. genette, Sp. gineta, fr. Ar. jarnei[.t].]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of small Carnivora of the genus Genetta, allied to the civets, but having the scent glands less developed, and without a pouch.

    Note: The common genet ( Genetta vulgaris) of Southern Europe, Asia Minor, and North Africa, is dark gray, spotted with black. The long tail is banded with black and white. The Cape genet ( Genetta felina), and the berbe ( Genetta pardina), are related African species.

  2. The fur of the common genet ( Genetta vulgaris); also, any skin dressed in imitation of this fur.


Genet \Gen"et\, n. [See Jennet.] A small-sized, well-proportioned, Spanish horse; a jennet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

small civet, late 15c., from Old French genete (Modern French genette), from Spanish gineta, from Arabic jarnait.


Etymology 1 n. 1 Any of several Old World nocturnal, carnivorous mammals, of the genus (taxlink Genetta genus noshow=1) in the family Viverridae, most of which have a spotted coat and a long, ringed tail. 2 The fur of this mammal, or any skin dressed in imitation of it. Etymology 2

n. (context biology English) A group of genetically identical individuals (plants, fungi, bacteria etc.) that have grown in a given location, all originating from asexual reproduction of a single ancestor; a group of ramets Etymology 3

n. A small-sized, well-proportioned, Spanish horse; a jennet.


Genet or Genêt may refer to:

Genet (animal)

A genet (pronounced or ) is a member of the genus Genetta, which comprises 14 to 17 species of small African carnivorans. Genet fossils from the Pliocene have been found in Morocco. The common genet is the only genet present in Europe and occurs in the Iberian Peninsula and France.

Genet (surname)

Genet or Genêt is a French surname. Notable people with this surname include the following:

  • Edmond-Charles Genêt or Citizen Genêt (1763–1834), French ambassador to the United States
  • Henry W. Genet (1828–1889), New York politician
  • Jean Genet (1910–1986), French writer
  • Joseph Genet (1931–1979), New Zealand wrestler
  • Ray Genet or Pirate (died 1967), Alaskan mountaineer
  • Russell Merle Genet (born 1940), American astronomer

Usage examples of "genet".

The tumult of luxury entertained him: the blasts of chypre from the birds, the hissing farthingales and Hainault lace, the net stockings and gem stuck pumps, the headdresses starched and spangled and meshed and fluted, the plucked eyebrows and frizzled hair, the lynx, genet and Calabrian sable stinking in the wet, the gauzy cache-nez drawn over nose and chin in the gardens and referred to in the careless vulgarity of the mode as coffins a roupies.

Genet is a gay man and has no particular desire to dress as a woman offstage, nor has he had any surgical alterations, such as breast implants, to further feminize his appearance.

Young Genet had been dispatched to America with instructions to rouse American support for France, spread the principles of the French Revolution, and encourage privateering against British shipping by American seamen.

Genet, who tried tactfully to convince Adams he would do better with his French readers if he were not quite so long-winded.

Edmund Charles Genet, the audacious new envoy from Jacobin France, was the son of Edme Genet, the French foreign office translator, with whom Adams had once worked in Paris, turning out propaganda for the American Revolution.

But on April 22 in Philadelphia, before Genet arrived, Washington issued a Proclamation of Neutrality, a decision Adams had no part in but affirmed what he had long said about keeping free from the affairs of Europe.

Genet was still stirring up trouble, but then, to Adams, Genet was a fool whose head had been turned by too much popular attention, and there was far more harmony over the issue of neutrality than Adams had expected.

Here he crossed, and then rode on until he reached a village, where he resolved to stop the night, being now off the main roads, and therefore fairly safe from pursuit, even should Genet be able to satisfy his captors that a mistake had been made, and that those who captured him had in fact been aiding a fugitive to escape from justice.

The boys learned to recognize all these and the other sounds of the night - the birds such as the night jar and the dikkop, the smaller mammals, the night ape, the genet and the civet, and the insects and reptiles that squealed and hummed and croaked in the reeds of the waterhole.

It was a violent, sensual dream full of homosexual opera singers, barons in drag, and a brothel straight out of a Jean Genet play.

Your shields will be red, your kilts the tails of the genet cat, your plumes the wing feathers of the marabou stork, and your headband the fur of the burrowing roole," Lobengula intoned, and then paused.