mongoose


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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 classic literature ?
He was a mongoose, rather like a little cat in his fur and his tail, but quite like a weasel in his head and his habits.
When he revived, he was lying in the hot sun on the middle of a garden path, very draggled indeed, and a small boy was saying, "Here's a dead mongoose.
The motto of all the mongoose family is "Run and find out," and Rikki-tikki was a true mongoose.
He sat on all their laps one after the other, because every well-brought-up mongoose always hopes to be a house mongoose some day and have rooms to run about in; and Rikki-tikki's mother (she used to live in the general's house at Segowlee) had carefully told Rikki what to do if ever he came across white men.
He was afraid for the minute, but it is impossible for a mongoose to stay frightened for any length of time, and though Rikki-tikki had never met a live cobra before, his mother had fed him on dead ones, and he knew that all a grown mongoose's business in life was to fight and eat snakes.
He came down almost across her back, and if he had been an old mongoose he would have known that then was the time to break her back with one bite; but he was afraid of the terrible lashing return stroke of the cobra.
If you read the old books of natural history, you will find they say that when the mongoose fights the snake and happens to get bitten, he runs off and eats some herb that cures him.
When there were no people in the bungalow, did we have any mongoose in the garden?
But the head did not move, and the big man picked him up and said, "It's the mongoose again, Alice.
I was not a day too soon," he said, for he could see the baby cobras curled up inside the skin, and he knew that the minute they were hatched they could each kill a man or a mongoose.
Do you want something special, or will an ordinary mongoose do?
When Adam got back to the carriage, carefully carrying the box with the mongoose, Sir Nathaniel said: "Hullo