What does meerkat mean in South African Afrikaans?
It refers to a mongoose type animal that lives in South Africa.
It is composed of two words namely 'meer' which means lake or dam and 'kat' which means cat.
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.
In Afrikaans, meerkat is the word for a "ground squirrel" or Prairie dog. A burrowing animal that stays in tunnels underground. They eat insects, roots, bulbs and fruits etc.
The meaning of the Afrikaans word "kelkie" is cocktail.
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