any of various civetlike, Old World carnivores (family Viverridae), esp., any of a sometimes domesticated genus (Herpestes) noted for their ability to kill poisonous snakes, rodents, etc.
Origin of mongooseMarathi mang?s
Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Herpestidae, native to Asia, Africa, and southern Europe and introduced elsewhere, having a slender agile body and a long tail, and noted for the ability to seize and kill venomous snakes.
Origin of mongooseMarathi mangūs of Dravidian origin
(plural mongooses or mongeese)