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mierkat, noun

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Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, calque formed on Dutch meerkat (see meerkat), mier ant, termite + kat cat.
meerkat. Also attributive.
1901 O.E.A. Schreiner Thoughts on S. Afr. (1923) 19There was a possibility that the red African mier-kat might ultimately creep back into its hole in the red African earth.
1990 Skinner & Smithers Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion 490Both Suricata and Cynictis are referred to as ‘mierkat’; ‘mier’ = the Afrikaans for termite and ‘kat’ = mongoose; both species are associated with termite..mounds in the Orange Free State.
meerkat. Also attributive.

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