ratel

noun
ra·​tel | \ ˈrä-tᵊl How to pronounce ratel (audio) , ˈrā- How to pronounce ratel (audio) \

Definition of ratel

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

First Known Use of ratel

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ratel

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

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“Ratel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratel. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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