Herpestes

noun
Her·​pes·​tes | \ˌhərˈpe(ˌ)stēz\

Definition of Herpestes 

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

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Other Words from Herpestes

herpestine \ -​stə̇n, ˈhərpəˌstīn \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for 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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