Also called African mongoose, Egyptian mongoose . a slender, long-tailed mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, inhabiting Africa and southern Europe, and believed by the ancient Egyptians to devour crocodile eggs.
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How to use ichneumon in a sentence
What of the infinite goodness of God in teaching the grub of the ichneumon-fly to eat up the cabbage caterpillar alive?God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Apparently the ichneumon fly (Ophion obscurum), and not the true sawfly, is meant.A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
There are several species of ichneumon which make thinnings among the caterpillars of the cabbage butterfly.
This is an act of cruelty which resembles that of the ichneumon, to which it may well be compared.Animal Parasites and Messmates | P. J. Van Beneden
This work dates from 668; and in it the creature is an ichneumon.Curious Myths of the Middle Ages | Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for ichneumon
a mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, of Africa and S Europe, having greyish-brown speckled fur
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