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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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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
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Translations
mangustimungo
mongúz
mangusta
mungo
mungo

mongoose

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

[ˈmɒŋguːs] nmangouste f
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mongoose

n pl <-s> → Mungo m
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mongoose

[ˈmɒŋguːs] nmangusta
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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).
Mongooses are carnivores, members of the family Herpestidae (until recently, they were considered to be Viverridae, along with, e.g., civets); most--including the ones in and around India--belong to the subfamily Herpestinae. Now, it is usual in Sanskrit studies to speak of the mongoose as an 'ichneumon' (or, in German, 'Ichneumon'), a learned word borrowed from Greek ([LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 'weasel, mongoose [vel sim.]', literally 'tracker'): Mayrhofer 1992: 2, who confidently renders nakula- as 'Ichneumon, Viverra ichneumon [sic]', may be taken as representative.