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zoril

[zawr-il, zor-]
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noun
  1. a weasellike African animal, Ictonyx striatus, resembling a skunk in coloration and habits.
Also zo·ril·la [zuh-ril-uh] /zəˈrɪl ə/, zo·rille [zuh-ril] /zəˈrɪl/.

Origin of zoril

1765–75; < French zorille < Spanish zorrilla, zorillo, equivalent to zorra, zorro fox + -illa, -illo diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for zorilla

Historical Examples

  • As a poet he was imitative, reminding us of Quintana, Zorilla, and Byron.

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  • As I buzzed down that sickening height I saw that Zorilla had stopped.

  • I threw myself at Zorilla with my knee in the small of his back.

  • Zorilla was for a short time Minister of Public Instruction, under the new government, and very zealous for popular education.

  • Ferrer was then a director of railways, and of much service to Zorilla in the practical work of organization.


British Dictionary definitions for zorilla

zorilla

zorille (zəˈrɪl)

noun
  1. a skunk-like African musteline mammal, Ictonyx striatus, having a long black-and-white coat

Word Origin

C18: from French, from Spanish zorrillo a little fox, from zorro fox
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