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Line breaks: ratel
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪt(ə)l
, ˈrɑː-/

Definition of ratel in English:


A badger-like mammal with a white or grey back and black underparts, native to Africa and Asia. In Africa it is attracted by the honeyguide bird to bee nests, which it breaks open to gain access to the grubs and honey. Also called honey badger.
  • Mellivora capensis, family Mustelidae
Example sentences
  • Honey badgers, or ratels, can weigh up to 12 kilograms.


late 18th century: from Afrikaans, of unknown ultimate origin.

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