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ratel

[reyt-l, raht-l]
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noun
  1. a badgerlike carnivore, Mellivora capensis, of Africa and India.
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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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ratel

noun
  1. 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
  2. Southern African a six-wheeled armoured vehicle
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Word Origin

C18: from Afrikaans
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