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[muhs-tl-ahyn, -in]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae, including the martens, skunks, minks, weasels, badgers, and otters.
  2. resembling a weasel.
  3. tawny or brown, like a weasel in summer.
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Origin of musteline

1650–60; < Latin mustēlīnus, equivalent to mustēl(a) weasel + -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples of musteline

  • The small mandibular ramus of a musteline referred by Dr. Roth to Mephitis suffocans, does not pertain to this genus and species.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia

    H. Hesketh Prichard

British Dictionary definitions for musteline


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Mustelidae, a family of typically predatory mammals including weasels, ferrets, minks, polecats, badgers, skunks, and otters: order Carnivora (carnivores)
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  1. any musteline animal
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Word Origin for musteline

C17: from Latin mustēlīnus, from mustēla weasel, from mūs mouse + -tēla, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for musteline


"weasel-like; pertaining to weasels," 1650s, from Latin mustela (see mustelid) + -ine (1).

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