- any of numerous carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, comprising the weasels, martens, skunks, badgers, and otters.
- belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae.
Origin of mustelid
Examples from the Web for mustelid
The Mustelid are allied to the Viverrid in their general conformation.The Desert World
As a small point of likeness between this Mustelid and the Procyonidae may be mentioned the colours of the face.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
Like all the other members of the family Mustelid, the Marten is provided with glands near the base of the tail.Animal Life of the British Isles
Word Origin and History for mustelid
1910, from Modern Latin Mustelidae, taken as a genus name by Linnaeus (1758), from Latin mustela "weasel," possibly related to mus "mouse" (see mouse (n.)). Tucker tentatively suggests *mus-ters-la "mouse harrier" and Klein notes that the weasel was identified in antiquity as "the catcher of mice."
- 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.