Definition of ratel in English:


Syllabification: ra·tel
Pronunciation: /ˈrätl, ˈrātl


A badgerlike mammal with a white or gray back and black underparts, native to Africa and Asia. Also called honey badger.
  • Mellivora capensis, family Mustelidae
More 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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