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The Mongoose is any member of a family (Herpestidae) of 33 species of small carnivorans from Asia and Africa.

The word mongoose is derived from the Marathi name mangus, Telugu- mungeesa , Kannada - mungisi . The form of the English name (since 1698) was altered to its -goose ending by folk-etymology. It has no etymological connection with the word goose. The plural form is mongooses, or, rarely, mongeese. It has also been spelled mungoose.

Usage

Babu: Your sister looks like a mongoose
Raghu: Your sister looks like a dhole
Added 2011-07-05 by porkipaya

Region

All India

Categories

WALTO

Related Terms

bandicoot

Terms referencing this

Mangamma