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Line breaks: zor|illa
Pronunciation: /zɒˈrɪlə

Definition of zorilla in English:


A black and white carnivorous mammal that resembles a skunk, inhabiting arid regions of southern Africa. Also called striped polecat.
  • Ictonyx striatus, family Mustelidae
Example sentences
  • Very little is known about the social life of wild zorillas, and they appear to be mainly solitary.
  • Many zorilla families have been kept together in captivity, where mutual grooming appears common.
  • With its long claws, the zorilla digs feverishly after the prize, alternately sinking its nose into the ground until it comes up munching.


late 18th century: via French from Spanish zorrilla, diminutive of zorro 'fox'.

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