linsang definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a few Asian or African catlike carnivorous mammals regarding the genera Poiana or Prionodon, having a spotted coating and a lengthy banded tail.
    • the members of two superficially catlike animal types classified in mammalian subfamily Prionodontinae.
    • Any viverrine mammal of genus Prionodon, inhabiting the East Indies and Southern Asia. The most popular East Indian linsang (Prionodon gracilis) is white, entered by wide, black rings. The Guinea linsang (Porana Richardsonii) is brown with black colored spots.
    • some sort of civet-cat present in Java, etc., banded with black-and-white, and achieving 38 teeth, Prionodon (Linsang) gracilis. A related African types, Prionodon (Poiana) richardsoni, is known as the Guinea linsang.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of Viverridæ, now frequently known as Prionodon.

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