from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of carnivores including the mongooses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of ichneumons or mongooses of the subfamily Herpestinæ, formerly including the whole group, now restricted to such species as the Egyptian ichneumon or Pharaoh's rat (H. ichneumon), the mongoose of India (H. griseus), and several others. See cut under ichneumon.
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- n. mongooses
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 Dr. Günther remarks (` Reptiles of British India, 'p. 340) on the destruction of cobras by the ichneumon or herpestes, and whilst the cobras are young by the jungle - fowl.