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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First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of banded mongoose was in 1883

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