Definition of mongoose noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɒŋɡuːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːŋɡuːs//
(pl. mongooses
BrE BrE//ˈmɒŋɡuːsɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːŋɡuːsɪz//
Wild mammals
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a small tropical animal with fur, that kills snakes, rats, etc. See related entries: Wild mammals Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Marathi (a language spoken in the western Indian state of Maharashtra) maṅgūs.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mongoose