Definition of ratel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrādl/


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
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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