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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.