|—n , pl -sels, -sel|
|1.||any of various small predatory musteline mammals of the genus Mustela and related genera, esp M. nivalis (European weasel), having reddish-brown fur, an elongated body and neck, and short legs|
|2.||informal a sly or treacherous person|
|3.||chiefly (US) a motor vehicle for use in snow, esp one with caterpillar tracks|
|[Old English weosule, wesle; related to Old Norse visla, Old High German wisula, Middle Dutch wesel]|
(Heb. holedh), enumerated among unclean animals (Lev. 11:29). Some think that this Hebrew word rather denotes the mole (Spalax typhlus) common in Palestine. There is no sufficient reason, however, to depart from the usual translation. The weasel tribe are common also in Palestine.