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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Recent Examples on the Web Fox later teases Kelly, comparing him to a meerkat despite his protestations. Greta Bjornson,, 13 Oct. 2021 The meerkat family gets ready for bed with a few evening yoga stretches. Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Ambassadors are animals that physically interact with guests, like tossing mealworms to a meerkat or petting a goat. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2021 Although they are extremely bonded, these cute kitties have pretty unique personalities, as Lynx loves to show off his wild side by sitting on his hind legs like a meerkat, chirping like a bird and carrying toys in his mouth like a puppy. The Arizona Republic, 6 Nov. 2020 In California, 29 animals had been tested by the end of September, including a meerkat, a monkey and a coatimundi, a member of the raccoon family. Jonel Aleccia, CNN, 30 Oct. 2020 In 2019, the zoo honored Hogle by naming its new meerkat exhibit after him. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 According to the zoo, a meerkat's gestation period is about 11 weeks, and a typical litter consists of two to five pups. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 30 June 2020 Jenna Wingate, the zoo’s senior Africa keeper, rolled a newspaper into a funnel, lodged it inside the titanium tree trunk and poured into it the meerkat’s morning meal of about 40 crickets. Sarah Haselhorst,, 8 June 2020

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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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“Meerkat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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