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From Portuguese mangus, from Marathi मुंगूस (mumgūsa), from Telugu ముంగిస (muṅgisa).
Marathi mangūs of Dravidian origin
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Some more or less immune creatures are the mongoose, the hedgehog and the pig, the secretary-bird, the honey buzzard, the stork and probably other snake-eaters.
But the story of the ichneumon or mongoose is a fable.
The yellow mongoose is normally active during the day.
The same mongoose also refused to eat a kestrel (Cerchneis rupicoloides) and a hobby (Falco subbuteo), although it devoured certain other birds that were given to it.
Dog bites are the major origin of infection for humans in developing countries, but other important host animals are the wolf, mongoose, and bat.
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