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suricate

[ soor-i-keyt ]
/ ˈsʊər ɪˌkeɪt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of suricate

1775–85; earlier surikate<French <Dutch surikat macaque
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suricate
/ (ˈsjʊərɪˌkeɪt) /

noun

the slender-tailed meerkatSee meerkat

Word Origin for suricate

C18: from French surikate, probably from a native South African word
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