Definition of meerkat in English:


Line breaks: meer|kat
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪəkat


  • A small southern African mongoose, especially the suricate.
    • Suricata and other genera, family Herpestidae: three species
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    • Over the past year, we have been making a film on meerkats in the southern Kalahari.
    • There are wallabies, meerkats, flamingoes, maras and tamarin monkeys in both zoos.
    • Some animals, including meerkats, are able to distinguish between close and more distant relatives and non-relatives.


early 18th century: from South African Dutch, from Dutch, 'long-tailed monkey', apparently from meer 'sea' + kat 'cat', but perhaps originally an alteration of an oriental word; compare with Hindi markaṭ 'ape'.

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