[zawr-il, zor-]
a weasellike African animal, Ictonyx striatus, resembling a skunk in coloration and habits.
Also, zorilla [zuh-ril-uh] , zorille [zuh-ril] .

1765–75; < French zorille < Spanish zorrilla, zorillo, equivalent to zorra, zorro fox + -illa, -illo diminutive suffix

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zorilla or zorille (zəˈrɪlə, zəˈrɪl)
a skunk-like African musteline mammal, Ictonyx striatus, having a long black-and-white coat
[C18: from French, from Spanish zorrillo a little fox, from zorro fox]
zorille or zorille
[C18: from French, from Spanish zorrillo a little fox, from zorro fox]

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(Ictonyx [sometimes Zorilla] striatus), African carnivore of the weasel family (Mustelidae), frequenting diverse habitats. It has a slender body, 29-39 centimetres (12-16 inches) long, and a bushy white tail, 21-31 cm long. Its fur is long and black, white striped on the back and white spotted on the face. Usually solitary, the zorille hunts at night, feeding on rodents and insects. A typical litter contains two or three young

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