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

Word History


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 1 Dec. 2023.

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