[mong-goos, mon-]
noun, plural mongooses.
a slender, ferretlike carnivore, Herpestes edwardsi, of India, that feeds on rodents, birds, and eggs, noted especially for its ability to kill cobras and other venomous snakes.
any of several other animals of this genus or related genera.

1690–1700; < Marathi mangūs, variant of muṅgūs Unabridged
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mongoose (ˈmɒŋˌɡuːs)
n , pl -gooses
any small predatory viverrine mammal of the genus Herpestes and related genera, occurring in Africa and from S Europe to SE Asia, typically having a long tail and brindled coat
[C17: from Marathi mangūs, of Dravidian origin]

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Word Origin & History

"snake-killing ichneumon of India," 1698, perhaps via Port., from an Indic language (cf. Mahrathi mangus "mongoose"), probably ult. from Dravidian (cf. Telugu mangisu, Kanarese mungisi). The form of the Eng. word altered by folk-etymology.
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Example sentences
Top males gain high reproductive success by guarding more successful females in a cooperatively breeding mongoose.
It's certainly happened in the presence of a mongoose and baboon, but neither mammal reacted.
Meerkats are the only members of the mongoose family without a bushy tail.
Donkeys, goats, and mongoose were introduced by humans.
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