- belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae, including the martens, skunks, minks, weasels, badgers, and otters.
- resembling a weasel.
- tawny or brown, like a weasel in summer.
Origin of musteline
1650–60; < Latin mustēlīnus, equivalent to mustēl(a) weasel + -īnus -ine1
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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
- 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)
- 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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