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name for a large number of small, carnivorous, terrestrial Old World mammals of the civet family. They are found in S Asia and in Africa, with one species extending into S Spain.
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(Herpestes ichneumon), also African mongoose, a predatory mammal of the genus Herpestes of the family Viverridae. The body length measures up to 65 cm, and the tail length up to 50 cm. The fur is brownish gray. The tail is covered with long hairs.

The ichneumon is distributed in North Africa, Asia Minor, and southwestern Europe (Iberian Peninsula); it has become acclimatized in Yugoslavia, in Italy, and on the island of Madagascar. It lives in thickets, sometimes near human habitation. A nocturnal animal, it feeds on small rodents, birds, snakes, and insects. It is beneficial for its extermination of snakes, but, contrary to popular belief, it is susceptible to their venom. The ichneumon sometimes destroys poultry.


(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for members of the family Ichneumonidae.


a mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, of Africa and S Europe, having greyish-brown speckled fur
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El ichneumon es, asi, en Aristoteles, el enemigo de la serpiente, posteriormente, el enemigo de los cocodrilos, y por ultimo--aunque en algunas versiones con un nombre diferente--es una representacion alegorica de Jesus, al igual que el cocodrilo es el diablo y el mundo vencido por Cristo.
The Ichneumon scolds /Kaggen for his behaviour at the lions' house.
The giant ichneumon (three inches long) wasp is really fearsome looking.
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The slew of fragmented dog remains were similar to modern-day Australian dingoes but the haul also included remains of cats, falcons, jackals, foxes, bulls and a few Egyptian mongooses called ichneumon.
Among Hymenoptera, bees (Apoidea) were the largest group, especially Apis mellifera L; followed by wasps (Vespidae, Pompilidae, Sphecidae) and ichneumon flies (Ichneumonidae); Microhymenopterans were not sampled.
Some to be aware of are the predatory wasps (the kinds that sting) and the parasitic trichogramma, braconid, chalcid, and ichneumon wasps (the kinds that don't).
A new subfamily of ichneumon wasps (Insecta, Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of the Russian Far East.
Accompanying previous Western Mail articles we have seen misidentified photographs of, among others, a bee fly masquerading as a bee and an ichneumon fly pretending to be a common wasp.
El genero Lissonota fue nombrado por Gravenhorst en 1829, siendo Ichneumon setosus (Geoffroy en Fourcroy 1785) la especie tipo.
If my memory is correct there are some 7,000 species of British wasps and ichneumon flies, which I think is the biggest order of insects in Britain.