noun, plural mon·goos·es.
- mongolian spot,
Origin of mongoose
Examples from the Web for mongoose
Had he possessed the intuition of a mongoose, Mr. Stiffson would have known that there was a snake in his grass.Adventures of Bindle|Herbert George Jenkins
When there were no people in the bungalow, did we have any mongoose in the garden?The Jungle Book|Rudyard Kipling
However, just as the mongoose of the bag-man's story was not a real mongoose, neither am I a real philosopher.The Opinions of a Philosopher|Robert Grant
They are particularly on the watch for the Mediterranean fruit fly and for the mongoose.Conservation Reader|Harold W. Fairbanks
On May 16, 1910, a mongoose responded with unusual alacrity to the first call, running up within twenty yards.Unexplored Spain|Abel Chapman
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.