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muishond, noun

Forms:
mace ont, mais-handShow more Also mace ont, mais-hand, mais-hond, muis-hunt, muyshond.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, transferred use of Dutch muishond weasel.
1. Any of several small mammals, especially any of various species of mongoose. a. (Mustelidae family) i. The striped polecat, Ictonyx striatus; meerkat sense 3; stink-cat. ii. The African weasel, Poecilogale albinucha; occasionally also with distinguishing epithet, stink muishond. b. Any of several species of mongoose of the Viverridae; cf. meerkat sense 1 b; occasionally also with distinguishing epithet, snake muishond. In these senses also called mouse-hunt. Also attributive, and figurative.
1796 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. I. 236Different species of these small quadrupeds..which at the Cape are known under the general name of muyshond.
[1990 Skinner & Smithers Mammals of Sn Afr. Subregion 461Ictonyx striatus...As the coat is distinctively striped black and white, ‘striped’ very aptly describes this polecat. The Afrikaans stinkmuishond is descriptive, but muishond applies also to the weasel and the mongoose.]
2. combination
muishondbos [Afrikaans, bos bush], any of several odiferous plants, especially the oak-leaf pelargonium Pelargonium quercifolium (family Geraniaceae), and the shrub or small tree Premna mooiensis (family Verbenaceae).
Note:
In F. von Breitenbach’s Nat. List of Indigenous Trees (1987), the name ‘skunk bush’ is used for Premna mooiensis.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 344Muishondbos(sie), Pelargonium quercifolium...The plants have strong but not objectionable odour, the vernacular name (literally = skunk bush) refers to the pungent odour.
1975 Argus 17 Sept. 28And then there’s the muishondbos (skunk bush) which stinks like a skunk, especially after heavy dew or rain...also a means of protection, I suppose.
The striped polecat, Ictonyx striatus; meerkat3; stink-cat.
The African weasel, Poecilogale albinucha; occasionally also with distinguishing epithet, stink muishond.
Any of several species of mongoose of the Viverridae;

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