meerkat

EnglishEdit

meerkat
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EtymologyEdit

From Afrikaans meerkat, transferrative use of Dutch meerkat ‎(guenon (monkey)). Compare English mercat.

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NounEdit

meerkat ‎(plural meerkats)

  1. Suricata suricatta, a small carnivorous mammal of the mongoose family, from the Kalahari Desert, known for its habit of standing on its hind legs.

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AfrikaansEdit

NounEdit

meerkat ‎(plural meerkatte)

  1. meerkat

DutchEdit

guenon (C. mitis)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch meercatte ‎(monkey,ape), possibly from mere ‎(lake, sea) + catte ‎(cat) (modern Dutch meer +‎ kat), or possibly from some Indo-Aryan language (compare Sanskrit मर्कट ‎(markaṭa, monkey)), though the Old High German cognate merikazza (German Meerkatze) predated known contact with speakers of those languages.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeːrˌkɑt/, [ˈmɪːrˌkɑt]
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NounEdit

meerkat f ‎(plural meerkatten, diminutive meerkatje n)

  1. guenon, one of a number of monkeys of the genus Cercopithecus

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