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(ĭk-no͞o′mən, -nyo͞o′-)
1. Any of numerous parasitic wasps of the family Ichneumonidae, with larvae that are parasitoids of other insects and females that have long ovipositors. Also called ichneumon fly.

[Latin ichneumōn, Egyptian mongoose, ichneumon fly, from Greek ikhneumōn, from ikhneuein, to track, from ikhnos, track, spoor, footprint, perhaps from oikhesthai, to have gone away, be gone, and akin to Armenian iǰanel, to come down, Old Irish óegi, guest, and Tocharian B yku, gone.]


(Animals) a mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, of Africa and S Europe, having greyish-brown speckled fur
[C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: tracker, hunter, from ikhneuein to track, from ikhnos a footprint; so named from the animal's alleged ability to locate the eggs of crocodiles]


(ɪkˈnu mən, -ˈnyu-)

1. a slender, long-tailed mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, of N Africa and S Europe, believed by the ancient Egyptians to devour crocodile eggs.
[1565–75; < Latin < Greek ichneúmōn tracker]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ichneumon - northern African mongooseichneumon - northern African mongoose; in ancient times thought to devour crocodile eggs
mongoose - agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents
References in classic literature ?
But natural selection can and does often produce structures for the direct injury of other species, as we see in the fang of the adder, and in the ovipositor of the ichneumon, by which its eggs are deposited in the living bodies of other insects.
Well, some call them that, and some call them ichneumon," said the man.
The generic placement and identity of Ichneumon punctum Shaw (Hymenoptera: Mymaridae), and designation of a neotype.
48) Just as we might intentionally bring a child into the world but then not support some of his or her actions in life, so too, God brought the world into being but did not specially design, for example, the parasitic Ichneumon wasp whose larvae eat their way out of the bodies of living caterpillars.
It is the pineapple, the pineapple syrup that my mother also makes; the ichneumon banana syrup she makes, and it is syrup .
Species Status in the FRs Arctocebus calabarensis rare Cephalophus niger very rare Herpestes ichneumon rare Funisciurus sp.
Type species: Ichneumon tipulae Kirby, 1798; designated by Ashmead (1893).
Kirby said that the ichneumon insect inserts an egg in a caterpillar, and the larva that then hatched from the egg "gnaws the inside of the caterpillar, and though at last it has devoured almost every part of it except the skin and intestines, carefully all this time avoids injuring the vital organs, as if aware that its own existence depends on that of the insect on which it preys
It included field crickets Teleogryllus commodus, at least six different kinds of wasps (especially the orange ichneumon Netelia sp.
Aristoteles habla de otro animal, ichneumon o mangosta egipcia, un roedor que se revuelca en el barro con el fin de proteger su cuerpo antes de atacar a las serpientes, mas especificamente "la serpiente llamada aspis (aspid)' (ton ophin ten aspida kaloumenen, Historia Animalium 612a16-21).
But the haul also included remains of cats, falcons, jackals, foxes, bulls and a few Egyptian mongooses called Ichneumon.
Predatory insects include ladybird beetles, green lacewing larvae, and parasites such as Ichneumon and Braconid wasps.