from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, burrowing, carnivorous mammal (Suricata suricatta) of southern Africa, related to the mongoose and having grayish fur and a long tail, which it uses for balance when it stands on its hind legs. Also called meerkat, sticktail.
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- n. The meerkat, a member of the mongoose family.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An animal of the genus Suricata, S. zenik or S. tetradactyla, inhabiting South Africa, where it is known to the Dutch colonists as the meerkat; a zenick.
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- n. burrowing diurnal meerkat of southern Africa; often kept as a pet
French, from obsolete Dutch surikat, macaque, probably of South African origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)