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mongoose

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noun mon·goose \ˈmän-ˌgüs, ˈmäŋ-\

Simple Definition of mongoose

  • : a small and very fast animal from India that eats snakes and rodents

Full Definition of mongoose

plural mon·goos·es also mon·geese play \-ˌgēs\

  1. :  any of numerous carnivorous mammals (family Herpestidae) that are agile usually ferret-sized mammals sometimes with bands or stripes, feed chiefly on small animals and fruits, and are sometimes grouped with the viverrids in two subfamilies (Herpestinae and Galidiinae)

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Origin of mongoose

Hindi & Marathi mãgūs, from Prakrit maṁgūsa


First Known Use: 1698



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