American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See suricate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The African penciled ichneumon, Cynictis penicillata. See cut under Cynictis.
- n. The African suricate or zenick, Suricata tetradactyla.
- n. Suricata suricatta, a small carnivorous mammal of the mongoose family, from the Kalahari Desert, known for its habit of standing on its hind legs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A South African carnivore (Suricata suricata, formerly Cynictis penicillata), allied to the ichneumons, having a lemurlike face and only four toes; called also
yellow mongooseand suricate.
- n. a mongoose-like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and only four toes
- From Afrikaans meerkat, transferrative use of Dutch meerkat ("guenon (monkey)"). Compare English mercat. (Wiktionary)
- Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch meercatte, monkey : meer, sea (because monkeys came from overseas); see mori- in Indo-European roots + catte, cat (from Germanic *kattuz). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The meerkat is a member of the mongoose family and is native to the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa.”
“Because I swear they took mine from 10 years ago and put it on that "meerkat" cake!”
“On a keyboard, it's very unlikely that you'd mistype "meerkat" for "market".”
“For those in the dark about Strictly, the series always begins with Bruce Forsyth a tap-dancing octogenarian boasting a hairpiece made of finest skinned meerkat lining up the chunky, wobbly celebs and the hard bum-cheeked professional dancers, and then pairing them up.”
“When it comes to actually sitting down to use the website, I'll probably get it mixed up with the meerkat one, or the one with the phone on wheels, you think.”
“Jesse Neider for The Wall Street Students on a field trip in Norwalk, Conn., enjoy the new meerkat exhibit at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium.”
“Who's going to be Jaggers I wonder, the "simples" meerkat?”
“J.D. longed to take the meerkat out of the sample case.”
“At the top, he poked his head up like a meerkat and said: "that was fun!" which would be a good epitaph for anyone's life.”
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