Etymology
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mongoose (n.)

"snake-killing ichneumon of India," 1690s, perhaps via Portuguese, from an Indic language (such as Mahrathi mangus "mongoose"), probably ultimately from Dravidian (compare Telugu mangisu, Kanarese mungisi, Tamil mangus). The form of the English word has been altered by folk-etymology.

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Definitions of mongoose

mongoose (n.)
agile grizzled Old World viverrine; preys on snakes and rodents;
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