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suricate

[soo r-i-keyt] /ˈsʊər ɪˌkeɪt/
noun
1.
a small, burrowing South African carnivore, Suricata suricatta, of a grayish color with dark bands across the back, related to the mongooses and having social behavior similar to that of prairie dogs.
Also called sticktail.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; earlier surikate < French < Dutch surikat macaque
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British Dictionary definitions for suricate

suricate

/ˈsjʊərɪˌkeɪt/
noun
1.
the slender-tailed meerkat See meerkat
Word Origin
C18: from French surikate, probably from a native South African word
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meerkat

burrowing member of the mongoose family (Herpestidae), found in southwestern Africa, that is unmistakably recognizable in its upright "sentinel" posture as it watches for predators. The meerkat is slender and has a pointed little face, tiny ears, and black eye patches. Body length is about 29 cm (11 inches), and the smooth, pointed tail is 19 cm long. Colour varies from dark to grizzled light gray or tan, with broad dark bars across the back and a black-tipped tail. Adults weigh less than 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds), with older dominant breeders heavier than subordinates. Easily tamed, the meerkat is sometimes kept as a pet to kill rodents.

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