ichneumon

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ichneumon, from Ancient Greek ἰχνεύμων (ikhneúmōn, tracker)’, from ἴχνος (íkhnos, track, footstep).

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Noun[edit]

ichneumon (plural ichneumons)

  1. The Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, found in Africa and southern Europe.
  2. The ichneumon wasp.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 43:
      Ada's unique Lorelei Underwing had died, paralyzed by some ichneumon that had not been deceived by those clever prominences and fungoid smudges.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ἰχνεύμων (ikhneúmōn, tracker)’, from ἴχνος (íkhnos, track, footstep).

Noun[edit]

ichneumōn m (genitive ichneumōnis); third declension

  1. Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon
    • ...deinde internecivum bellum cum ichneumone.
      ...and in the next place she has given it war to the death with the ichneumon.
      Pliny the Elder, Natural History, VIII.35
  2. ichneumon wasp, ichneumon fly
    • ...mustela et cornix, turtur et pyrallis, ichneumones vespae et phalangia aranei...
      ...the weasel and the crow, the turtle-dove and the pyrallis, ichneumon-flies and spiders...
      Pliny the Elder, Natural History, X.95

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ichneumōn ichneumōnēs
Genitive ichneumōnis ichneumōnum
Dative ichneumōnī ichneumōnibus
Accusative ichneumōnem ichneumōnēs
Ablative ichneumōne ichneumōnibus
Vocative ichneumōn ichneumōnēs