banded mongoose

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Definition of banded mongoose

: a diurnal, gregarious, African mongoose (Mungos mungo) that is brownish gray with alternate transverse bands of dark brown and yellow across the back to the base of the tail Banded mongooses live in extended-family groups, with as many as ten females breeding at the same time.— Harvey Leifert, Natural History, October 2008 Now a study of wild banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) shows that pups copy [foraging] skills from “teenage” males who act as escorts.New Scientist, 17 July 2010

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1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Banded mongoose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/banded%20mongoose. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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