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mon·goose

 (mŏng′go͞os′, mŏn′-)
n. pl. mon·goos·es
Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Herpestidae, native to Asia, Africa, and southern Europe and introduced elsewhere, having a slender agile body and a long tail, and noted for the ability to seize and kill venomous snakes.

[Marathi mangūs, of Dravidian origin.]

mongoose

(ˈmɒŋˌɡuːs)
n, pl -gooses
(Animals) any small predatory viverrine mammal of the genus Herpestes and related genera, occurring in Africa and from S Europe to SE Asia, typically having a long tail and brindled coat
[C17: from Marathi mangūs, of Dravidian origin]

mon•goose

(ˈmɒŋˌgus, ˈmɒn-)

n., pl. -goos•es.
any of several Old World genera of slender, ferretlike carnivores, esp. of the genus Herpestes, some species of which are noted for their ability to kill cobras.
[1690–1700; < Marathi mangūs, variant of muṅgūs]

mon·goose

(mŏng′go͞os′)
Any of various mammals of Asia and Africa that resemble weasels and are noted for their ability to kill poisonous snakes such as cobras.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mongoose - agile grizzled Old World viverrinemongoose - agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents
viverrine, viverrine mammal - small cat-like predatory mammals of warmer parts of the Old World
Herpestes nyula, Indian mongoose - keen-sighted viverrine of southern Asia about the size of a ferret; often domesticated
Herpestes ichneumon, ichneumon - northern African mongoose; in ancient times thought to devour crocodile eggs
Translations
mangustimungo
mongúz
mangusta
mungo
mungo

mongoose

[ˈmɒŋguːs] N (mongooses (pl)) → mangosta f

mongoose

[ˈmɒŋguːs] nmangouste f

mongoose

n pl <-s> → Mungo m

mongoose

[ˈmɒŋguːs] nmangusta
References in periodicals archive ?
Finally, a large branch of the civets are the Herpestinae (mongooses), small active Carnivora which are known as predators on snakes and various small mammals.
Of these 65 clades, we eliminated 33 because their members had large body size or were primates (Loridae, Galagonidae, Cercopithecinae, Colobinae, Hominidae, Canidae, Acinonychinae, Felinae, Pantherinae, Herpestinae, Hyaeninae, Protelinae, Lutrinae, Mellivorinac, Mustelinae, Nandinimae, Viverrinae, Elephantidae, Rhinocerotidae, Orycteropodidae, Aepycerotinae, Alcelaphinae, Antilopinae, Bovinae, Cephalophinae, Hippotraginae, Reduncinae, Phacochoerinae, Suinae, Hippopotamidae, Tragulidae, Giraffidae, Manidae).
civets); most--including the ones in and around India--belong to the subfamily Herpestinae.