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  • proper n. A taxonomic subfamily within the family Herpestidae — the mongooses, etc..

Etymologies

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Herpestes +‎ -inae

Examples

  • any of the viverrid mammals that comprise two subfamilies (Herpestinae and Galidiinae) often grouped in a separate family (Herpestidae), that include agile ferret-sized mammals sometimes with bands or stripes, and that feed on small animals and fruits

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