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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.]
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]
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]
Any of various mammals of Asia and Africa that resemble weasels and are noted for their ability to kill poisonous snakes such as cobras.
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|Noun||1.||mongoose - agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents|
Herpestes nyula, Indian mongoose - keen-sighted viverrine of southern Asia about the size of a ferret; often domesticated