meerkat

noun
meer·​kat | \ ˈmir-ˌkat How to pronounce meerkat (audio) \

Definition of meerkat

: any of several African mongooses especially : a burrowing highly social primarily insectivorous mammal (Suricata suricatta) of southern Africa that is chiefly grayish with faint black markings and lives in usually large colonies

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Examples of meerkat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last year, The El Paso Zoo offered to name a cockroach after a person's ex and feed it to a meerkat live on camera. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "You can trade a photo of your ex for a free Whopper at Burger King this Valentine's Day," 6 Feb. 2020 The buddy comedy routine between the meerkat and the warthog have always been a highlight of The Lion King, and Rogen plays Pumbaa pretty much the same as the 1994 animated character (voiced by Ernie Sabella). Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Billy Eichner's best lines as Timon in The Lion King remake," 19 July 2019 Think: Mufasa poised on the ledge of a stone outcropping, with Rafiki the baboon godfather next to him hoisting little Simba aloft for all the elephants, giraffes, zebras, meerkats and warthogs below to admire. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: Economic development — or a giveaway of tax dollars?," 7 Nov. 2019 After witnessing the death of his father, a young lion runs away and comes of age in the company of a warthog and meerkat. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 6 Nov. 2019 His adventures include encounters with hyenas (Shenzi, Banzai and Ed), birds (Zazu), a gassy warthog (Pumbaa), meerkat (Timon), a baboon who doubles as a shaman (Rafiki), an evil lion (Scar) and several others. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Simba, Zazu and Scar are heading to Louisville with Disney's 'The Lion King' on Broadway," 25 Oct. 2019 Simba’s subsequent flight thrusts him into the devil-may-care company of a meerkat named Timon (Nick Cordileone) and a warthog named Pumbaa (Ben Lipitz), who are essentially the Abbott and Costello of the jungle. BostonGlobe.com, "‘The Lion King’ is still a feast for the eyes — and the heart, too - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 Whereas Rogen’s warthog leans heavily on fart jokes, Eichner’s meerkat is a breath of fresh air. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "How do the ‘Lion King’ movies compare? A closer look at 6 key elements.," 19 July 2019 The teaser also shows Billy Eichner’s meerkat Timon and Seth Rogen’s warthog Pumbaa in a bit of comic relief. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Beyonce's lioness Nala tells Simba to 'come home' in new 'Lion King' teaser, Twitter roars," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of meerkat

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meerkat

Afrikaans, from Dutch, a kind of monkey, from Middle Dutch meercatte monkey, from meer sea + catte cat

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18 Feb 2020

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“Meerkat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meerkat. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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