noun, plural mon·goos·es.
Origin of mongoose
Examples from the Web for mongoose
Historical Examples of mongoose
Still more watchful is a cobra when he fights with a mongoose.
The mongoose is a small beast of prey of the Viverridæ family.
They are particularly on the watch for the Mediterranean fruit fly and for the mongoose.Conservation Reader
Harold W. Fairbanks
When there were no people in the bungalow, did we have any mongoose in the garden?The Jungle Book
Is it what they call the mongoose, or monsoon, or something?Hilda Wade
noun plural -gooses
Word Origin for mongoose
"snake-killing ichneumon of India," 1690s, perhaps via Portuguese, from an Indic language (cf. Mahrathi mangus "mongoose"), probably ultimately from Dravidian (cf. Telugu mangisu, Kanarese mungisi, Tamil mangus). The form of the English word altered by folk-etymology.