musteline

musteline

[muhs-tl-ahyn, -in]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae, including the martens, skunks, minks, weasels, badgers, and otters.
2.
resembling a weasel.
3.
tawny or brown, like a weasel in summer.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin mustēlīnus, equivalent to mustēl(a) weasel + -īnus -ine1

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musteline (ˈmʌstɪˌlaɪn, -lɪn)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or belonging to the Mustelidae, a family of typically predatory mammals including weasels, ferrets, minks, polecats, badgers, skunks, and otters: order Carnivora (carnivores)
 
n
2.  any musteline animal
 
[C17: from Latin mustēlīnus, from mustēla weasel, from mūs mouse + -tēla, of unknown origin]

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