Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic family within the superfamily Musteloidea — the otters, badgers, ratels, weasels, mink etc..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A natural family of fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals including the weasels; polecats; ferrets; minks; fishers; otters; badgers; skunks; wolverines; and martens.

Etymologies

Mustela +‎ -idae (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The micro-dicked weasel is a member of the family Mustelidae, which includes martens, mink, otters, ferrets, and wolverines.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The micro-dicked weasel Mustela diem is a small mammal of the family Mustelidae.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • A ferret is a small, carnivorous animal belonging to the Mustelidae family.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Skunks were formerly considered to be a subfamily of the Mustelidae family of weasels and related animals where some taxonomists still place them, but recent genetic evidence shows that they are not as closely related to the Mustelidae as formerly thought.

    Ferret frenzy « knitnut.net

  • Several other small, elongated carnivorous mammals belonging to the family Mustelidae weasels also have the word “ferret” in their common names, including an endangered species, the Black-footed Ferret.

    Ferret frenzy « knitnut.net

  • Weasels are mammals in the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family.

    Ferret frenzy « knitnut.net

  • GARY: An otter is a member of the Mustelidae family, so it's same family that you would find a skunk in or a badger or a weasel.

    CNN Transcript Jun 1, 2007

  • In the order of carnivorous animals, I think the worst criminals are found in the Marten Family (_Mustelidae_); and if there is a more murderous villain than the mink, I have yet to find him out.

    The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals A Book of Personal Observations

  • (Mustelidae) might also be characterized by their isolated life, but it is a fact that during the last century the common weasel was more sociable than it is now; it was seen then in larger groups in Scotland and in the Unterwalden canton of Switzerland.

    Mutual Aid; a factor of evolution

  • Some writers bring them all under one great family, _Mustelidae_, but the above tripartite arrangement is, I think, better for ordinary purposes.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

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