Talk:meerkat

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Afrikaans[edit]

Could anyone please verify the Afrikaans claim? Ncik 05 Apr 2005

Need Swahili[edit]

Need Swahili translation. 24.29.228.33 08:29, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

Oriental origin[edit]

Some sources suggest an alternative oriental origin: Hindi मर्कट (markaṭ, ape, monkey), Bengali মর্কট (markaṭ, monkey), Sanskrit मर्कट (markaṭa, ape, monkey). Should it be mentioned? Wyang (talk) 02:25, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

That theory should be mentioned, yes — or more precisely, the mention of it should be moved. It's already in meerkat#Dutch. As that Dutch entry notes, however, it's a problematic theory, given how early the term is attested in Germanic.
Sprache und Evolution: Grundlagen der Evolution und Ansätze (1990) offers a combination of the two theories, saying Germanic sailors interpreted the Indian word as "Meer-Katze".
- -sche (discuss) 03:13, 28 March 2015 (UTC)