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ratel

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noun ra·tel \ˈrä-təl, ˈrā-\

Definition of ratel

  1. :  an African or Asian nocturnal omnivorous mammal (Mellivora capensis) of the weasel family that resembles a badger



Origin of ratel

Afrikaans, literally, rattle, from Dutch, from Middle Dutch — more at rattle


First Known Use: 1777

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