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(Science: zoology) Any carnivore of the genus Mellivora, allied to the weasels and the skunks.

Synonym: honey badger.

Several species are known in Africa and india. The Cape ratel (M. Capensis) and the indian ratel (M. Indica) are the best known. The back is gray; the lower parts, face, and tail are black. They are fond of honey, and rob the nests of wild bees.

Origin: F.