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  1. a small, dark-brown, badgerlike mammal, Mydaus javensis, of the mountains of Java, Sumatra, and Borneo, having a white stripe down the back, and ejecting a foul-smelling secretion when alarmed.
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Origin of teledu

1815–25; < Sumatran Malay tələdu (spelling teledu)
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Examples from the Web for teledu

Historical Examples

  • This animal has an upturned snout, which is described as closely resembling that of Mydaus, the Teledu.

    The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia

    Frank Evers Beddard

  • The teledu of Java (Mydaus meliceps) is the worst of the family in this respect, and almost equals the skunk.

British Dictionary definitions for teledu


  1. a badger, Mydaus javanensis, of SE Asia and Indonesia, having dark brown hair with a white stripe along the back and producing a fetid secretion from the anal glands when attacked
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Word Origin

C19: from Malay
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