What does ichneumon mean?

Definitions for ichneumonɪkˈnu mən, -ˈnyu-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ichneumon, Herpestes ichneumon(noun)

    northern African mongoose; in ancient times thought to devour crocodile eggs


  1. ichneumon(Noun)

    The Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, found in Africa and southern Europe.

  2. ichneumon(Noun)

    The ichneumon wasp.

  3. Origin: From ichneumon, from ἰχνεύμων’, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ichneumon(noun)

    any carnivorous mammal of the genus Herpestes, and family Viverridae. Numerous species are found in Asia and Africa. The Egyptian species(H. ichneumon), which ranges to Spain and Palestine, is noted for destroying the eggs and young of the crocodile as well as various snakes and lizards, and hence was considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians. The common species of India (H. griseus), known as the mongoose, has similar habits and is often domesticated. It is noted for killing the cobra

  2. Ichneumon(noun)

    any hymenopterous insect of the family Ichneumonidae, of which several thousand species are known, belonging to numerous genera

  3. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. , lit., the tracker; so called because it hunts out the eggs of the crocodile, fr. to track or hunt after, fr. 'i`chnos track, footstep.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ichneumon

    ik-nū′mun, n. a small carnivorous animal in Egypt, destroying crocodiles' eggs: an insect which lays its eggs on the larva of other insects. [L.,—Gr., ichneuein, to hunt after—ichnos, a track.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ichneumon

    an animal of the weasel tribe, worshipped in Egypt from its destroying the eggs of noxious reptiles, and of the crocodile in particular.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ichneumon in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ichneumon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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