meerkat (plural meerkats)
- Suricata suricatta, a small carnivorous mammal of the mongoose family, from the Kalahari Desert, known for its habit of standing on its hind legs.
meerkat (plural meerkatte)
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.
- guenon, one of a number of monkeys of the genus Cercopithecus