meerkat definition

  • noun:
    • See suricate.
    • Suricata suricatta, a little carnivorous mammal of mongoose family, through the Kalahari Desert, known for its habit of looking at its hind feet.
    • a-south African carnivore (Suricata suricata, previously Cynictis penicillata), allied towards ichneumons, having a lemurlike face and only four-toes; called in addition yellowish mongoose and suricate.
    • The African penciled ichneumon, Cynictis penicillata. See cut under Cynictis.
    • The African suricate or zenick, Suricata tetradactyla.
    • a mongoose-like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and just four-toes

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