nounEtymology: Afrikaans, literally, rattle, from Dutch, from Middle Dutch — more at rattleDate: 1777 an African or Asian nocturnal omnivorous mammal (Mellivora capensis) of the weasel family that resembles a badger
Ratel Ra"tel, n. [F.] (Zo["o]l.) Any carnivore of the genus Mellivora, allied to the weasels and the skunks; -- called also honey badger. Note: Several species are known in Africa and India. The Cape ratel (M. Capensis) and the Indian ratel (M. Indica) are the best known. The back is gray; the lower parts, face, and tail are black. They are fond of honey, and rob the nests of wild bees.