Definition of palm civet in English:

palm civet


  • A mainly arboreal civet that typically has pale spots or stripes on a dark coat, and powerful curved claws, native to Africa and Asia. It is often a pest of banana plantations.

    Paradoxurus and other genera, family Viverridae: several species, including the common palm civet or toddy cat (P. hermaphroditus) of Asia

    • ‘Six of the animals tested were masked palm civets, which look like long-nosed cats but are related to the mongoose.’
    • ‘This has a lot to do with the fact that the beans need to first pass through the digestive system of the Asian palm civet.’
    • ‘However, they are not pests because palm civets digest only the outer pulp of fruit, passing the coffee beans unharmed through their digestive systems.’
    • ‘Some others like the wild pig, the palm civet, the common mongoose, the golden oriole, and the rat snake can survive even with little green cover and withstand disturbances.’
    • ‘In nature, wild animals like brown palm civet eat fruits and it helps in seed dispersal and good germination of seeds.’