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 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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  • suricate — [ syrikat ] n. m. • 1765 surikate; mot d une langue d Afrique du Sud ♦ Mammifère carnivore (viverridés) d Afrique australe, voisin de la mangouste. ● suricate nom masculin Petite mangouste omnivore des zones semi arides d Afrique australe.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • suricate — [soor′i kāt΄] n. [< Fr suricate or Ger surikate < native name in S Africa] a small, four toed, burrowing carnivore (Suricata suricatta) of S Africa, of the same family (Viverridae) as the civet and mongoose …   English World dictionary

  • Suricate — Suricate, so v.w. Surikate …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • suricate — s. m. [Zoologia] Mamífero carnívoro da África do Sul, vizinho do gato de algália …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Suricate — Suricate …   Wikipédia en Français

  • suricate — surikata statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Suricata suricata angl. grey meerkat; meerkat; slender tailed meerkat; suricate vok. Erdmännchen; Surikate rus. суриката pranc. suricate ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • suricate — Meerkat Meer kat (m[=e]r k[a^]t), n. [D.] (Zo[ o]l.) A South African carnivore ({Suricata suricata}, formerly {Cynictis penicillata}), allied to the ichneumons, having a lemurlike face and only four toes; called also {yellow mongoose} and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suricate — mierkat mierkat n. (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine ({Suricata suricata}) having a lemurlike face and only four toes; called also {suricate}. [Also spelled {meerkat}.] Syn: meerkat. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suricate — /soor i kayt /, n. 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. [1775 85; earlier surikate …   Universalium

  • suricate — noun The meerkat, a member of the mongoose family …   Wiktionary

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