from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A carnivorous mammal, Mellivora capensis, found in Africa and some parts of Asia; the honey badger

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any carnivore of the genus Mellivora, allied to the weasels and the skunks; -- called also honey badger.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A carnivorous quadruped of the family Mustelidæ and subfamily Mellivorinæ as Mellivora capensis or M. ratellus. the honey-ratel of the Cape of Good Hope, and M. indica, that of India; a honey-badger. See Mellivora, and cut in next column.
  • n. See rotl.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. nocturnal badger-like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia


Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch, rattle, honeycomb (either from its cry or its taste for honey).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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