noun mon·goose \ˈmän-ˌgüs, ˈmäŋ-\

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

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

Full Definition of MONGOOSE

:  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
MONGEESE Defined for Kids


noun mon·goose \ˈmän-ˌgüs, ˈmäŋ-ˌgüs\
plural mon·goos·es

Definition of MONGOOSE for Kids

:  a long thin furry animal with sharp claws that eats small animals (as snakes and mice), eggs, and fruit


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