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English → English (WordNet) Definition: mierkat mierkat n : a mongoose-like viverrine of South Africa having a face like a lemur and only four toes [syn: meerkat]
English → English (gcide) Definition: mierkat 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 suricate. [Also spelled mierkat.] [1913 Webster] While his compatrioits scuffle about in the sand for delicious scorpions or fat, tasty mice, one meerkat stands alone, bolt upright on an exposed perch, scanning for hawks with dark eyes wide, ready to call out at the first sign of danger. Like other such guards in the animal kingdom, these endearingly vulnerable meerkat sentinels have long impressed biologists as true altruists -- creatures willing to forgo food and brave danger to protect others. Now a study in the current Science suggests that these beasts may not be such adorable heroes after all. Researchers have discovered that meerkats abandon their hunting to act as guards only when their bellies are good and full. And they appear to do so, not as an act of noble daring, but because by being the first to see a predator, they can be sure of being the first down a hole and out of harm's way. Standing guard, researchers concluded, may be the safest thing to do once a meerkat has had enough to eat. . . . Even the adorable meerkat may yet redeem itself as a bit of an altruist. Although being a sentinel may itself not entail great risk, it is hard to imagine a selfish reason for their giving a shout of warning before dashing for cover. . . . --Carol Kaesuk Yoon (N. Y. Times, June 8, 1999 p. F3) [PJC] 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] 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]

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