[ muhs-tl-id ]
/ ˈmʌs tl ɪd /


any of numerous carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, comprising the weasels, martens, skunks, badgers, and otters.


belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae.

Nearby words

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  2. mustard oil,
  3. mustard operation,
  4. mustard plaster,
  5. mustee,
  6. musteline,
  7. muster,
  8. muster day,
  9. muster in,
  10. muster roll

Origin of mustelid

1905–10; < New Latin Mustelidae family name, equivalent to Mustel(a) a genus (Latin mustēla weasel) + -idae -id2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for 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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