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The word "meerkat" is the same in English as it is in Afrikaans - it's pronounced meer-kat in both languages. The literal translation is "lake cat", but is the name of the suricate a member of the mongoose family. It's a small (about 1.5 pounds) carnivorous mammal that lives in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.


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In Afrikaans meerkat generally translates to marsh cat.


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Meer has a few meanings in Afrikaans - it can mean 'more' or 'like'
Kat is exactly what it sounds like - cat
So a meerkat is a cat-like animal
Meerkat - In the Afrikaans language (derived from African dialects and Dutch population in South Africa) from the Dutch word meercatte, meaning "sea cat" or "lake cat."

The English equivalent is meercat. The meerkat or suricate Suricata suricatta is a small mammal and a member of the mongoose family. It inhabits all parts of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and South Africa.
"Marsh cat" would be a rough translation. The word is derived from the Dutch meercatte, which means "sea cat" or "lake cat".
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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