mongoose definition

  • noun:
    • any one of various old-world carnivorous mammals of genus Herpestes and related genera, having a slender agile human anatomy and a long tail and noted when it comes to power to seize and eliminate venomous snakes.
    • Carnivores of the family Herpestidae in addition to comparable Malagasy mongooses (Galidiinae), ranging in dimensions from little rats to big kitties, such as the Indian mongoose famed as a predators of venomous snakes.
    • A species of ichneumon (Herpestes griseus), native of India. Applied and also to other allied types, whilst the African banded mongoose (Crossarchus fasciatus).
    • A Madagascan lemur (Lemur mongos).
    • agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents

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