a fierce badger (Mellivora capensis) of India and tropical Africa
Origin of ratelAfrik, short for rateldas from Dutch raat, honeycomb + das, badger; akin to German dachs
A carnivorous mammal (Mellivora capensis) of Africa and Asia, having short legs and a thick coat that is dark below and whitish above. Also called honey badger .
Origin of ratelAfrikaans from Dutch ratel rattle (so called because of the animal's cry) ( from Middle Dutch rātel, rātele ) (Middle High German razela, rasela ) ( and Old English hrate, hratele a kind of plant with rattling seed capsules ) or from dialectal Dutch ratel honeycomb (so called because of the animal's taste for honey) ( akin to standard Dutch raat honeycomb ) (Old High German rāza )