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Any of a number of small carnivorous mammals, especially of the weasel or mongoose families.
- ‘They are part of the plans to formalize access to this wonderful near-wilderness area, where big game wanders unfenced and you are as likely to see an elephant as a muishond on your bush walks.’
- ‘I can't see how the springbok can be politically incorrect as I have it, it is still our national animal or has it been replaced by the "muishond".’
- ‘We've got bushbuck, blue duiker, grey duiker, spotted genet, four species of mongoose (muishond) and then vervet monkeys (blou-aap).’
- ‘I allude to a little creature about the bigness of three rats, which is called a muishond.’
Late 18th century: from South African Dutch, transferred use of Dutch muishond ‘weasel’.
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