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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“Herpestes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Herpestes. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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