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suricate

Line breaks: suri|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈs(j)ʊərɪkeɪt
 
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Definition of suricate in English:

noun

A gregarious burrowing meerkat with dark bands on the back and a black-tipped tail, native to southern Africa.
  • Suricata suricatta, family Herpestidae
Example sentences
  • Meet Paris, the suricate, and Mofuli, the rabbit, the zoo's beloved furry friends.
  • They also make use of the ‘babysitting system’ like the suricates and show similar social behaviour.
  • In South Africa, the suricates breed only in the warmest and wettest months of the year when food is most abundant.

Origin

late 18th century: via French from a local African word.

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