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Mongoose vs. Meerkat

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Main Difference

The main difference between Mongoose and Meerkat is that the Mongoose is a family of mammals and Meerkat is a a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family (Herpestidae).

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  • Mongoose (noun)

    Carnivores of the family Herpestidae and the similar Malagasy mongooses (ver=161009), ranging in size from small rats to large cats, including the Indian mongoose famed as a predator of venomous snakes.

  • Meerkat (noun)

    Suricata suricatta, a small carnivorous mammal of the mongoose family, from the Kalahari Desert, known for its habit of standing on its hind legs.

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  • Mongoose (noun)

    a small carnivorous mammal with a long body and tail and a grizzled or banded coat, native to Africa and Asia.

  • Meerkat (noun)

    a small southern African mongoose, especially the suricate.

Oxford Dictionary
  • Mongoose (noun)

    A species of ichneumon (Herpestes griseus), native of India. Applied also to other allied species, as the African banded mongoose (Crossarchus fasciatus).

  • Mongoose (noun)

    A Madagascan lemur (Lemur mongos).

  • Meerkat (noun)

    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 suricate.

Webster Dictionary
  • Mongoose (noun)

    agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents

  • Meerkat (noun)

    a mongoose-like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and only four toes

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