zenik

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown, likely from a native African name.

Noun[edit]

zenik (plural not attested)

  1. (archaic) The meerkat or suricate.
    • 1857, J. Bezant, William Cooke Stafford, Key to the Geographical questions (page 107)
      The enormous elephant, the tall giraffe, and the stately ostrich, being found in the same spot with a species of mouse, called the black-streaked, weighing only a quarter of an ounce; the zenik, an animal only three inches in height; and the creeper, a bird not much larger than a cherry.