Definition of "mongoose" []

  • Any of various Old World carnivorous mammals of the genus Herpestes and related genera, having a slender agile body and a long tail and noted for the ability to seize and kill venomous snakes. (noun)

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Use "mongoose" in a sentence
  • "Is it what they call the mongoose, or monsoon, or something?"
  • "That thing about the plural of the word mongoose, before we get to the real stuff, Doug in Connecticut says, "I once asked my father the correct plural of mongoose."
  • "Frankly, I thought the mongoose was a made up mythical creature… until I saw one."