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ratel

[reyt-l, raht-l] /ˈreɪt l, ˈrɑt l/
noun
1.
a badgerlike carnivore, Mellivora capensis, of Africa and India.
Also called honey badger.
Origin of ratel
Dutch dialect
1770-1780
1770-80; < Afrikaans < Dutch dialect ratel, variant of raat honeycomb; perhaps originally a compound with this word, referring to the animal's fondness for honey
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ratel

/ˈreɪtəl/
noun
1.
Also called honey badger. a musteline mammal, Mellivora capensis, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Asia. It has a massive body, strong claws, and a thick coat that is paler on the back and it feeds on honey and small animals
2.
(South African) a six-wheeled armoured vehicle
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans
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