Suricata tetradactyla
suricat su"ri*cat, suricate su"ri*cate(s[umsc]"r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and only four toes; called also {mierkat}, {yellow mongoose} and {zenick}. [Also spelled {surikate}.]

Note: The animal called {zenick} seems also to be related to or identical to the mierkat, but no reference can be found on the internet.

Syn: meerkat. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Suricata tetradactyla — Zenick e nick, n. (Zo[ o]l.) A South African burrowing mammal ({Suricata tetradactyla}), allied to the civets. It is grayish brown, with yellowish transverse stripes on the back. Called also {suricat}. [obsolete] Note: This term is not found on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suricata tetradactyla — noun burrowing diurnal meerkat of southern Africa; often kept as a pet • Syn: ↑suricate • Hypernyms: ↑meerkat, ↑mierkat …   Useful english dictionary

  • Suricata suricatta — suricat su ri*cat, suricate su ri*cate(s[umsc] r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mierkat — noun a mongoose like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and only four toes • Syn: ↑meerkat • Hypernyms: ↑viverrine, ↑viverrine mammal • Hyponyms: ↑slender tailed meerkat, ↑Suricata suricatta, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mierkat — suricat su ri*cat, suricate su ri*cate(s[umsc] r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suricat — su ri*cat, suricate su ri*cate(s[umsc] r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and only four… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suricate — suricat su ri*cat, suricate su ri*cate(s[umsc] r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surikate — suricat su ri*cat, suricate su ri*cate(s[umsc] r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yellow mongoose — suricat su ri*cat, suricate su ri*cate(s[umsc] r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zenick — suricat su ri*cat, suricate su ri*cate(s[umsc] r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricatta} or {Suricata tetradactyla}) having a lemurlike face and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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