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meerkat Syllabification: meer·kat
Pronunciation: /ˈmirˌkat/

Definition of meerkat in English:


A small southern African mongoose, especially the suricate.
  • Suricata and other genera, family Herpestidae: three species
Example sentences
  • 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 South Asian word; compare with Hindi markaṭ 'ape'.

Words that rhyme with meerkat

Sno-Cat • polecat • muscat
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