- small carnivorous mammal of the mongoose family, from the Kalahari Desert, known for its habit of standing on its hind legs. Scientific name: Suricata suricatta
Etymology: From Afrikaans meerkatAfrikaans, meerkat. The name comes from Dutch meerkatDutch, meerkat, but by misidentification. Dutch meerkat (lit. "lake-cat") and German Meerkatze, literally "sea-cat") are monkeys (guenon).
- Dutch: stokstaartje (1)
- French: suricate
- German: Erdmí¤nnchen
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