mariput
Zorilla o*ril"la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo["o]l.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus {Ictonyx} allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also {zoril}, and {zorille}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: The best-known species ({Ictonyx zorilla}) has black shiny fur with white bands and spots. It has anal glands which produce a very offensive secretion, similar to that of the skunk. It feeds upon birds and their eggs and upon small mammals, and is often very destructive to poultry. It is sometimes tamed by the natives, and kept to destroy rats and mice. Called also {mariput}, {Cape polecat}, and {African polecat}. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the American skunk. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(Viverra zorilla)


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mariput — Mar i*put (m[a^]r [i^]*p[u^]t), n. (Zo[ o]l.) A species of civet; the zoril. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mariput — ‖ mariput (ˈmærɪpʌt) [Native name.] The African zoril, Zorilla capensis, a small animal of the weasel family with black and white stripes. Formerly named Viverra zorilla in accordance with the erroneous notion that it was a kind of civet. 1828–32 …   Useful english dictionary

  • mariput — n. Zoril (Viverra zorilla) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • African polecat — Zorilla o*ril la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus {Ictonyx} allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also {zoril}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cape polecat — Zorilla o*ril la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus {Ictonyx} allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also {zoril}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ictonyx zorilla — Zorilla o*ril la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus {Ictonyx} allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also {zoril}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zoril — Zorilla o*ril la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus {Ictonyx} allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also {zoril}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Zorilla — o*ril la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus {Ictonyx} allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also {zoril}, and {zorille}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zorille — Zorilla o*ril la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra, zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo[ o]l.) Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the genus {Ictonyx} allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written also {zoril}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zoril — n. Mariput (Viverra zorilla) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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