American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See ratel.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ratel, Mellivora ratellus: so called from its fondness for honey.
- n. Mellivora capensis, a badger-like mustelid native to Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) the ratel.
- n. nocturnal badger-like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia
- From honey + badger, referring to its liking for honey. (Wiktionary)
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