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[French, from obsolete Dutch surikat, macaque, probably of South African origin.]
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(Animals) the slender-tailed meerkat. See meerkat
[C18: from French surikate, probably from a native South African word]
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(ˈsʊər ɪˌkeɪt)

a small burrowing South African colonial viverrid, Suricata suricatta, related to the mongooses.
Also called meerkat.
[1775–85; earlier surikate < French < Dutch surikat macaque]
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Noun1.suricate - burrowing diurnal meerkat of southern Africasuricate - burrowing diurnal meerkat of southern Africa; often kept as a pet
meerkat, mierkat - a mongoose-like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and only four toes
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Suricate Kalahari Tented lodge has been a staple of tented lodges in Namibia, since the construction of the first tented lodges in the country.
Like Pied Bush Chat, many other animal species such as vervet monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops), suricate (Suricata suricatta), ground squirrel (Spermophilus richardsonii) give alarm calls when encountering predators or facing dangerous situations (Seyfarth et al., 1980; Manser, 2001; Warkentin et al., 2001; Smirnova, 2011).
The meerkat or suricate is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family.