One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tree-dwelling Asian civet with a coarse blackish coat and a muscular prehensile tail.
Arctictis binturong, family Viverridae
- ‘For these animals, as well as another 45 moon bears and 14 sun bears, 50 macaques, 30 gibbons, 10 crocodiles, 4 binturongs, and 200 dogs, Banglamung Wildlife Breeding Center is essentially a well-appointed refugee center.’
- ‘Only two members of the carnivore family have prehensile tails - the binturong and the kinkajou.’
- ‘When excited, the binturongs emit a variety of grunts and hisses, say researchers.’
- ‘Good pets, cats, dogs, things like that, not binturongs.’
- ‘Their scent glands, located near their tails, are rubbed along branches as they walk or are deliberately rubbed against upright branches to deposit an oily musk as a signal to other binturongs.’
Early 19th century: from Malay.
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