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The African civet is a common nocturnal species of civet that is found in tropical Africa. The African Civet ( /ˈsɪvɪt/; Latin: Civettictis civetta) is the largest representative of the African Viverridae.
Glands beneath the tail of this animal contain a oily scented matter used to make commmercial musk perfume. Marks left by these glands play a major role in defining territories and identifying reproductive status.
 The term civet
The term civet is derived from the Arabic word "zabad" for the unctuous fluid, and it's odor, originating from these animals. Civet oil has long played a important role in the perfume industry. It was imported from Africa by King Solomon in the 10th Century B.C.
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