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muishond

Line breaks: muis|hond
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɪs(h)ɒnt
 
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Definition of muishond in English:

noun (plural same or muishonds or muishonde)

South African
Any of a number of small carnivorous mammals, especially of the weasel or mongoose families.
Example sentences
  • They are part of the plans to formalize access to this wonderful near-wilderness area, where big game wanders unfenced and you are as likely to see an elephant as a muishond on your bush walks.
  • We've got bushbuck, blue duiker, grey duiker, spotted genet, four species of mongoose (muishond) and then vervet monkeys (blou-aap).
  • I allude to a little creature about the bigness of three rats, which is called a muishond.

Origin

late 18th century: from South African Dutch, transferred use of Dutch muishond 'weasel'.

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