[reyt-l, raht-l]


a badgerlike carnivore, Mellivora capensis, of Africa and India.

Nearby words

  1. rate-cap,
  2. rate-of-climb indicator,
  3. rateable,
  4. rated load,
  5. rateen,
  6. ratemaking,
  7. ratepayer,
  8. rater,
  9. rates,
  10. ratfink

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

Also called honey badger.

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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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