ichneumon

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noun ich·neu·mon \ik-ˈnü-mən, -ˈnyü-\

Definition of ichneumon

  1. 1 :  a mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) of Africa, southern Europe, and southwestern Asia

  2. 2 :  ichneumon wasp

Origin and Etymology of ichneumon

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek ichneumōn, literally, tracker, from ichneuein to track, from ichnos footprint


First Known Use: 15th century



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