ra·​tel ˈrä-tᵊl How to pronounce ratel (audio) ˈrā- How to pronounce ratel (audio)
: an African or Asian nocturnal omnivorous mammal (Mellivora capensis) of the weasel family that resembles a badger

Word History


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

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ratel was in 1777

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“Ratel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratel. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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