Mustelidae

plural noun Mus·tel·i·dae \ˌməˈsteləˌdē\

Definition of Mustelidae

  1. :  a large, widely distributed, diverse family (superfamily Arctoidea synonym Canoidea) of relatively small, chiefly carnivorous animals that have usually short legs, a long, often thin body, thick fur, and anal scent glands and that include the weasel, badger, otter, mink, marten, polecat and wolverine The smallest member of the Mustelidae is the least weasel and the largest is the sea otter.

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Origin and Etymology of mustelidae

New Latin, from Mustela, type genus + -idae


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