[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.

Origin of musteline

1650–60; < Latin mustēlīnus, equivalent to mustēl(a) weasel + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for musteline

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.

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)
  1. any musteline animal

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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