- any of a genus (Genetta) of small, spotted African carnivores in the same family (Viverridae) as the civet
- its fur
Origin of genetMiddle English from Old French genette from Spanish gineta from Arabic jarnay?
Origin of genetMiddle English from Old French genete of Iberian Romance origin Spanish jineta perhaps originally a feminine form (used in the sense “bandit” to refer to the genet euphemistically because it preys on poultry) of Spanish jinete horseman from Old Spanish ginete ; see jennet .
Origin of genetFrom genetic (on the model of ramet )
From Anglo-Norman genette, Middle French genette, jenette et al., of uncertain origin.
Coined in the 20th century from gene.