meerkat

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Afrikaans meerkat, transferred use of Dutch meerkat (guenon [monkey], literally lake cat), compare English mercat. Sometimes suggested to be influenced by or derived from an Indian source; compare Hindi मर्कट (markaṭ, ape, monkey) and Sanskrit मर्कट (markaṭa).[1]

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Noun[edit]

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.
    Synonym: suricate

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch meerkat (guenon).

Noun[edit]

meerkat (plural meerkatte or meerkaaie)

  1. meerkat

Dutch[edit]

guenon (C. mitis)
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch meercatte (monkey, ape), from Old Dutch *merikatta. Cognate with merikazza (German Meerkatze).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeːrˌkɑt/, [ˈmɪːrˌkɑt]
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  • Hyphenation: meer‧kat

Noun[edit]

meerkat f (plural meerkatten, diminutive meerkatje n)

  1. guenon (one of a number of monkeys of the genus Cercopithecus)
    • Bas Vlugt, Namibië, Botswana en Zimbabwe, 2013.
      De groene meerkat of velvet monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) is de meest voorkomende aap in zuidelijk Afrika.

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