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 {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]


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  • 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

  • Zorilla — Systematik Ordnung: Raubtiere (Carnivora) Überfamilie: Hundeartige (Canoidea) Familie: Marder (Mustelidae) Unterfamilie …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • Ictonyx striatus —   Turón rayado Estado de conservación …   Wikipedia Español

  • Zorilla striata — Zorille commune Zorille commune …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ictonyx libyca — Libysches Streifenwiesel Systematik Ordnung: Raubtiere (Carnivora) Überfamilie: Hundeartige (Canoidea) Familie: Marder (Mustelidae) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Zorilla — Zo|rịl|la 〈m. 6〉 mit dem Marder verwandtes Tier, das ein übelriechendes Sekret verspritzt, Bandiltis: Ictonyx striatus [<span. zorilla; Verkleinerungsform zu zorra „Fuchs“] * * * Zorịlla   [spanisch, Verkleinerung von zorra »Fuchs«] der, s/… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Zorilla — Zo|rịl|la 〈m.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s; Zool.〉 mit dem Marder verwandtes Tier, das bei Gefahr ein übel riechendes Sekret verspritzt: Ictonyx striatus [Etym.: <span. zorilla, Verkleinerungsform zu zorra »Fuchs«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

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