Ichneumon Ich*neu"mon, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, lit., the tracker; so called because it hunts out the eggs of the crocodile, fr. ? to track or hunt after, fr. 'i`chnos track, footstep.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any carnivorous mammal of the genus {Herpestes}, and family {Viverrid[ae]}. Numerous species are found in Asia and Africa. The Egyptian species ({Herpestes ichneumon}), which ranges to Spain and Palestine, is noted for destroying the eggs and young of the crocodile as well as various snakes and lizards, and hence was considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians. The common species of India ({Herpestes griseus}), known as the {mongoose}, has similar habits and is often domesticated. It is noted for killing the cobra. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any hymenopterous insect of the family {Ichneumonid[ae]}, of which several thousand species are known, belonging to numerous genera. [1913 Webster]

Note: The female deposits her eggs upon, or in, the bodies of other insects, such as caterpillars, plant lice, etc. The larva lives upon the internal tissues of the insect in which it is parasitic, and finally kills it. Hence, many of the species are beneficial to agriculture by destroying noxious insects. [1913 Webster]

{Ichneumon fly}. See {Ichneumon}, 2. [1913 Webster]

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  • Mongoose — Mon goose, Mongoos Mon goos, n.; pl. {Mongooses} 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A species of ichneumon ({Herpestes griseus}), native of India. Applied also to other allied species, as the African banded mongoose ({Crossarchus fasciatus}). [Written also {mungoose} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • mongoose — the small animal like a civet, has the plural form mongooses …   Modern English usage

  • mongoose — ► NOUN (pl. mongooses) ▪ a small carnivorous mammal with a long body and tail, native to Africa and Asia. ORIGIN Marathi (a central Indian language) …   English terms dictionary

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  • mongoose — UK [ˈmɒŋˌɡuːs] / US [ˈmɑŋˌɡus] noun [countable] Word forms mongoose : singular mongoose plural mongooses a small furry animal with a long tail that lives in Asia and Africa and eats snakes and other small animals …   English dictionary

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