What does meerkat mean in South African Afrikaans?

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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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