honey badger

honey badger
Ratel Ra"tel (r[=a]"t[e^]l), n. [F.] (Zo["o]l.) Any carnivore of the genus {Mellivora}, allied to the weasels and the skunks; -- called also {honey badger}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Several species are known in Africa and India. The Cape ratel ({Mellivora Capensis}) and the Indian ratel ({Mellivora Indica}) are the best known. The back is gray; the lower parts, face, and tail are black. They are fond of honey, and rob the nests of wild bees. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Honey badger — Honey Hon ey (h[u^]n [y^]), n. [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. h[*a]ning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko nis dust, Skr. ka[.n]a grain.] 1. A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • honey badger — n. RATEL …   English World dictionary

  • Honey badger — Ratel redirects here. For other uses, see Ratel (disambiguation). Honey badger Temporal range: middle Pliocene – Recent …   Wikipedia

  • Honey Badger — Taxobox name = Honey Badger fossil range = early Pleistocene Recent status = LR/lc | status system = IUCN2.3 image width = 200px image caption = Honey Badger (Ratel) regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Carnivora familia …   Wikipedia

  • honey badger — bitėdis barsukas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Mellivora capensis angl. honey badger; ratel vok. Honigdachs rus. индийский медоед; лысый барсук; медоед; ратель pranc. ratel ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • honey badger — noun nocturnal badger like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia • Syn: ↑ratel, ↑Mellivora capensis • Hypernyms: ↑musteline mammal, ↑mustelid, ↑musteline • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • honey-badger — /ˈhʌni bædʒə/ (say hunee bajuh) noun → ratel. Also, honey ratel …   Australian English dictionary

  • honey badger — ratel. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • honey badger — noun another term for ratel …   English new terms dictionary

  • honey badger — hon′ey badg er n. zool. mam ratel • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

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