Definition of Herpestes
: a genus of Old World carnivorous mammals (family Herpestidae) comprising typical mongooses
herpestine\-stə̇n, ˈhərpəˌstīn\ adjective or noun
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Origin and Etymology of herpestes
New Latin, from Greek herpēstēs animal that walks on all four feet, from herpēstēs, adjective, creeping, from herpein to creep
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