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suricate

[soo r-i-keyt]
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noun
  1. 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
Also called stick·tail [stik-teyl] /ˈstɪkˌteɪl/
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Historical Examples

  • The Suricate has but four toes on each foot; the tarsus and the metatarsus are naked below.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for suricate

suricate

noun
  1. the slender-tailed meerkatSee meerkat
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Word Origin

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