Origin of ichneumon
Examples from the Web for ichneumon
Historical Examples of ichneumon
He was just a shade too light for nature, and the ichneumon has a pretty sense of colour."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
In Europe it is preyed upon by minute ichneumon flies (Chalcids).Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
The ichneumon may be seen busily searching the bushes for her victim.The Dawn of Reason
“Oh, that plant that the ichneumon resorts to when bitten,” exclaimed Macallan.The King's Own
Captain Frederick Marryat
According to Pliny, the ichneumon was an object of veneration among the Egyptians.A World of Wonders
Word Origin for ichneumon
1570s, originally a weasel-like animal in Egypt, Latinized from Greek ikhneumon, literally "searcher, tracker," perhaps because it hunts crocodile eggs, from ikhneuein "hunt for, track," from ikhnos "a track, footstep, trace, clue," of unknown origin. Used by Aristotle for a species of wasp that hunts spiders (a sense in English from 1650s).