- Mellivora capensis
Other Word Forms of Ratel
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
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