ich·​neu·​mon ik-ˈnü-mən How to pronounce ichneumon (audio)
: a mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) of Africa, southern Europe, and southwestern Asia

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ichneumon was in the 15th century

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“Ichneumon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ichneumon. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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