What does meerkat mean in South African Afrikaans?

It is composed of two words namely 'meer' which means lake or dam and 'kat' which means cat. The word "meerkat" is the same in English as it is in Afrikaans - it's pronounced meeer-kat in both languages.

The Dutch misidentified the suricate, a member of the mongoose family as a member of the Cercopithecus genus. Meerkat means "lake cat", but the animal lives primarily in arid semi-desert areas.
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