Definition of Egyptian mongoose in US English:

Egyptian mongoose


  • A mongoose occurring over much of Africa and parts of southwestern Asia and Iberia, noted for its destruction of crocodile eggs.

    Herpestes ichneumon, family Herpestidae

    Also called ichneumon
    • ‘In temperate regions, the Egyptian Mongoose gives birth to up to four young.’
    • ‘The Egyptian mongoose lives in Africa on the savanna.’
    • ‘The Egyptian mongoose is mainly nocturnal, although it sometimes hunts during the day.’