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ratel

[ reyt-l, raht-l ]
/ ˈreɪt l, ˈrɑt l /
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noun
a badgerlike carnivore, Mellivora capensis, of Africa and India.
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Also called honey badger.

Origin of ratel

1770–80; <Afrikaans <Dutch dialect ratel, variant of raat honeycomb; perhaps originally a compound with this word, referring to the animal's fondness for honey
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British Dictionary definitions for ratel

ratel
/ (ˈreɪtəl) /

noun
Also called: honey badger a musteline mammal, Mellivora capensis, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Asia. It has a massive body, strong claws, and a thick coat that is paler on the back and it feeds on honey and small animals
Southern African a six-wheeled armoured vehicle

Word Origin for ratel

C18: from Afrikaans
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