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Ichneumon meaning

ichneumon - 2 dictionary results

  1. 1. northern African mongoose; in ancient times thought to devour crocodile eggs
  2. 2. Any hymenopterous insect of the family Ichneumonidae, of which several thousand species are known, belonging to numerous genera.

ichneumon - examples of usage

  1. He sent Hephaestion, who was absent about some business, word how while they were fighting for their diversion with an ichneumon, Craterus was by chance run through both thighs with Perdiccas's javelin. - "Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans", Clough, Arthur Hugh.
  2. There is an immense variety of vermin throughout Ceylon, including many of that useful species the ichneumon, who in courage and strength stands first of his tribe. - "Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon", Samuel White Baker.
  3. No matter how venomous the snake, the ichneumon, or mongoose, goes straight at him, and never gives up the contest until the snake is vanquished. - "Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon", Samuel White Baker.
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