noun Her·pes·tes \ˌhərˈpe(ˌ)stēz\

Definition of Herpestes

  1. :  a genus of Old World carnivorous mammals (family Herpestidae) comprising typical mongooses


\-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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to cast off or become cast off

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