from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Old World carnivorous mammals of the genus Herpestes and related genera, having a slender agile body and a long tail and noted for the ability to seize and kill venomous snakes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Carnivores of the family Herpestidae and the similar Malagasy mongooses (Galidiinae), ranging in size from small rats to large cats, including the Indian mongoose famed as a predators of venomous snakes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of ichneumon (Herpestes griseus), native of India. Applied also to other allied species, as the African banded mongoose (Crossarchus fasciatus).
- n. A Madagascan lemur (Lemur mongos).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents
Marathi mangūs, of Dravidian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese mangus, from Marathi मुंगूस (mumgūsa), from Telugu ముంగిస (muṅgisa). (Wiktionary)