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meerkat

[meer-kat] /ˈmɪər kæt/
noun
1.
Origin of meerkat
Dutch: literally, monkey, apparently = meer see (see mere2) + kat cat
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  • Guests can also visit the on-site children's zoo, a region outfitted with an insect zoo, a family farm and a meerkat exhibit.
  • In a meerkat family, everyone pitches in to help raise the little ones.
  • Field technicians stay in close contact with meerkat groups throughout the day and observe behavior through such habituation.
British Dictionary definitions for meerkat

meerkat

/ˈmɪəˌkæt/
noun
1.
any of several South African mongooses, esp Suricata suricatta (slender-tailed meerkat or suricate), which has a lemur-like face and four-toed feet
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch: sea-cat
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Word Origin and History for meerkat
n.

late 15c., "monkey," from Dutch meerkat "monkey" (related to Old High German mericazza), apparently from meer "lake" + kat "cat." But cf. Hindi markat, Sanskrit markata "ape," which might serve as a source of a Teutonic folk-etymology, even though the word was in Germanic before any known direct contact with India. First applied to the small South African mammals in 1801.

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