- a badgerlike carnivore, Mellivora capensis, of Africa and India.
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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Examples from the Web for ratel
But if the ratel is odd in appearance, it is odder still in habits.
It is greyish yellow above and blackish beneath, presenting, as has been remarked, a curious similarity to the Ratel.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
More curious still is the ratel, which belongs to the family of badgers.
I have already alluded to the Cape ratel doing this on the look-out for bees.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon
Robert A. Sterndale
So it seems quite certain that a ratel never gets stung, no matter how many nests he may rob.
- 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
C18: from Afrikaans
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