- a small, burrowing South African carnivore, Suricata suricatta, of a grayish color with dark bands across the back, related to the mongooses and having social behavior similar to that of prairie dogs.
Origin of suricate
1775–85; earlier surikate < French < Dutch surikat macaque
Also called stick·tail [stik-teyl] /ˈstɪkˌteɪl/
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Examples from the Web for suricate
The Suricate has but four toes on each foot; the tarsus and the metatarsus are naked below.
The Suricate lives in caves and rock crevices, and will dig burrows.
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
- the slender-tailed meerkatSee meerkat
C18: from French surikate, probably from a native South African word
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