Definition of mustelid in English:

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mustelid

Pronunciation: /ˈməstəlid/

noun

Zoology
A mammal of the weasel family (Mustelidae), distinguished by having a long body, short legs, and musky scent glands under the tail.
Example sentences
  • Predators of erethizontids include mustelids such as martens, minks, wolverines, ermine, weasels, and fishers.
  • Europeans arrived in the early 1800s, bringing with them mustelids (stoats, ferrets, and weasels), cats, and two more species of rats.
  • Fishers are among the least understood of the weasel family, or mustelids, which also includes martens, minks, ermines, ferrets, badgers, otters, and wolverines.

Origin

Early 20th century: from modern Latin Mustelidae (plural), from Latin mustela 'weasel'.

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Syllabification: mus·te·lid

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