Origin of meerkat
Examples from the Web for meerkat
The astonishment of dogs in England at a meerkat brought home by us was most amusing.
The last of the civet-like animals about which we can tell you is the meerkat, sometimes known as the suricate.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
Often, when starting for a ride or drive, we have been obliged to shut up our meerkat, so determined was he to come with us.
This meerkat, the largest and handsomest we have ever seen, cannot have been anything less than the chief of his tribe.
I would still redeem my pledge, and restore Meerkat, so lost not a moment in turning back to release the other two.A Veldt Vendetta
- any of several South African mongooses, esp Suricata suricatta (slender-tailed meerkat or suricate), which has a lemur-like face and four-toed feet
Word Origin and History for meerkat
late 15c., "monkey," from Dutch meerkat "monkey" (related to Old High German mericazza), apparently from meer "lake" + kat "cat." But cf. Hindi markat, Sanskrit markata "ape," which might serve as a source of a Teutonic folk-etymology, even though the word was in Germanic before any known direct contact with India. First applied to the small South African mammals in 1801.