Definition of ratel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈreɪt(ə)l/


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.

Words that rhyme with ratel

antenatal, fatal, hiatal, natal, neonatal

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