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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vansire \Van"sire\, n. [The native name: cf. F. vansire.] (Zool.) An ichneumon (Herpestes galera) native of Southern Africa and Madagascar. It is reddish brown or dark brown, grizzled with white. Called also vondsira, and marsh ichneumon. [1913 Webster]