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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
suricat \su"ri*cat\, suricate \su"ri*cate\(s[=u]"r[i^]*k[a^]t), n. [F. surikate, from the native name in South Africa.] (Zool.) A South African mongooselike viverrine (Suricata suricatta or Suricata tetradactyla) having a lemurlike face and only four toes; called also mierkat, yellow mongoose and zenick. [Also spelled surikate.] Note: The animal called zenick seems also to be related to or identical to the mierkat, but no reference can be found on the internet. Syn: meerkat. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]