Ratel meaning

rätl, rātl
A carnivorous mammal (Mellivora capensis) of Africa and Asia, having short legs and a thick coat that is dark below and whitish above.
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A fierce badger (Mellivora capensis) of India and tropical Africa.
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A carnivorous mammal, Mellivora capensis, found in Africa and some parts of Asia; the honey badger.
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Origin of ratel

  • Afrikaans 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition