Meaning of ichneumon

ich•neu•mon

Pronunciation: (ik-n'mun, -ny'-), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calleda slender, long-tailed mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, inhabiting Africa and southern Europe, and believed by the ancient Egyptians to devour crocodile eggs.
  2. See
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