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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 [stik-teyl] /ˈstɪkˌteɪl/ (Show IPA).
Origin of suricate
1775-1785
1775-85; earlier surikate < French < Dutch surikat macaque
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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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