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meerkat

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noun meer·kat \ˈmir-ˌkat\

Definition of meerkat

  1. :  any of several African mongooses; especially :  a burrowing highly social primarily insectivorous mammal (Suricata suricatta) of southern Africa that is chiefly grayish with faint black markings and lives in usually large colonies



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Origin of meerkat

Afrikaans, from Dutch, a kind of monkey, from Middle Dutch meercatte monkey, from meer sea + catte cat


First Known Use: 1801


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