Definition of suricate in English:

suricate

Line breaks: suri|cate
Pronunciation: /ˈs(j)ʊərɪkeɪt
 
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noun

  • A gregarious burrowing meerkat with dark bands on the back and a black-tipped tail, native to southern Africa.
    • Suricata suricatta, family Herpestidae
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    • 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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