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ratel

[reyt-l, raht-l] /ˈreɪt l, ˈrɑt l/
noun
1.
a badgerlike carnivore, Mellivora capensis, of Africa and India.
Also called honey badger.
Origin
Dutch dialect
1770-1780
1770-80; < Afrikaans < Dutch dialect ratel, variant of raat honeycomb; perhaps originally a compound with this word, referring to the animal's fondness for honey
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British Dictionary definitions for ratel

ratel

/ˈreɪtəl/
noun
1.
Also called honey badger. a musteline mammal, Mellivora capensis, inhabiting wooded regions of Africa and S Asia. It has a massive body, strong claws, and a thick coat that is paler on the back and it feeds on honey and small animals
2.
(South African) a six-wheeled armoured vehicle
Word Origin
C18: from Afrikaans
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ratel in Technology


Raytheon Automatic Test Equipment Language. For analog and digital computer controlled test centres. "Automatic Testing via a Distributed Intelligence Processing System", S.J. Ring, IEEE AUTOTESTCON 77 (Nov 1977).

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Encyclopedia Article for ratel

honey badger

(Mellivora capensis), badgerlike member of the weasel family (Mustelidae) noted for its fondness for honey. Ratels live in covered and forested regions of Africa and southern Asia. The adult stands 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) at the shoulder and has a heavily built, thick-skinned body about 60-77 cm (24-30 inches) long, plus a tail length of 20-30 cm. The ears are rudimentary; the upper body parts are whitish, but the lower parts, face, and legs are black-the two colours sharply separated

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