mongoose

[ mong-goos, mon- ]
/ ˈmɒŋˌgus, ˈmɒn- /
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noun, plural mon·goos·es.

a slender, ferretlike carnivore, Herpestes edwardsi, of India, that feeds on rodents, birds, and eggs, noted especially for its ability to kill cobras and other venomous snakes.
any of several other animals of this genus or related genera.

Origin of mongoose

1690–1700; < Marathi mangūs, variant of muṅgūs
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mongoose

/ (ˈmɒŋˌɡuːs) /

noun plural -gooses

any small predatory viverrine mammal of the genus Herpestes and related genera, occurring in Africa and from S Europe to SE Asia, typically having a long tail and brindled coat

Word Origin for mongoose

C17: from Marathi mangūs, of Dravidian origin
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