Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small burrowing mongoose (Suricata suricatta) of southern Africa, having brownish-gray fur and a long tail, which it uses for balance when it stands on its hind legs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The African penciled ichneumon, Cynictis penicillata. See cut under Cynictis.
  • noun The African suricate or zenick, Suricata tetradactyla.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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 mongoose and suricate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Suricata suricatta, a small carnivorous mammal of the mongoose family, from the Kalahari Desert, known for its habit of standing on its hind legs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a mongoose-like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and only four toes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch meercatte, monkey : meer, sea (because monkeys came from overseas); see mori- in Indo-European roots + catte, cat (from Germanic *kattuz); see cat.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Afrikaans meerkat, transferrative use of Dutch meerkat ("guenon (monkey)"). Compare English mercat.

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  • Image.

    August 8, 2008

  • Viverrine?

    Sounds like a sassy cocktail waitress fond of coral lipstick and beehives.

    March 4, 2009

  • Haha!

    March 4, 2009

  • "when the bread is rising and the ball is flying and the meerkat is asking "

    What could this Vexample possibly mean?

    November 28, 2009

  • When the meerkat is asking, foxhopper, it is time for you to go.

    November 28, 2009