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mustelid

[ muhs-tl-id ]
/ ˈmʌs tl ɪd /
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noun
any of numerous carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, comprising the weasels, martens, skunks, badgers, and otters.
adjective
belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae.
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Origin of mustelid

1905–10; <New Latin Mustelidae family name, equivalent to Mustel(a) a genus (Latin mustēla weasel) + -idae-id2
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Scientific definitions for mustelid

mustelid
[ mŭstə-lĭd′ ]

Any of various small to midsize carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, usually having long, slender bodies, short legs, and well-developed anal scent glands. The pelts of many mustelids have been important for use in clothing. Weasels, skunks, badgers, wolverines, ferrets, mink, martens, and otters are mustelids.
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