meerkat

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English[edit]

meerkat
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Etymology[edit]

From Afrikaans meerkat, transferrative use of Dutch meerkat(guenon (monkey)). Compare English mercat.

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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.

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Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

meerkat ‎(plural meerkatte)

  1. meerkat

Dutch[edit]

guenon (C. mitis)
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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmeːrˌkɑt/, [ˈmɪːrˌkɑt]
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Etymology[edit]

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

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.