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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: nocturnal badger-like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia [syn: ratel, honey badger, Mellivora capensis]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Afrikaans, literally, rattle, from Dutch, from Middle Dutch more at rattle Date: 1777 an African or Asian nocturnal omnivorous mammal (Mellivora capensis) of the weasel family that resembles a badger

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an African and Indian nocturnal flesh-eating burrowing mammal, Mellivora capensis. Also called honey-badger. Etymology: Afrik., of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.



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