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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Hear one of Townsend's recordings of a single meerkat foraging call: Of course, many animals clearly recognize individuals by scent and sight.
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Origin and Etymology of meerkat
Afrikaans, from Dutch, a kind of monkey, from Middle Dutch meercatte monkey, from meer sea + catte cat
First Known Use: 1801
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