Pronunciation: (ik-nOO'mun, -nyOO'-), [key]
1. Also called African mongoose. a slender, long-tailed mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, inhabiting Africa and southern Europe, and believed by the ancient Egyptians to devour crocodile eggs.
2. See ichneumon fly.
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