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[zawr-il, zor-] /ˈzɔr ɪl, ˈzɒr-/
a weasellike African animal, Ictonyx striatus, resembling a skunk in coloration and habits.
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[zuh-ril-uh] /zəˈrɪl ə/ (Show IPA),
[zuh-ril] /zəˈrɪl/ (Show IPA)
1765-75; < French zorille < Spanish zorrilla, zorillo, equivalent to zorra, zorro fox + -illa, -illo diminutive suffix Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for zorilla


a skunk-like African musteline mammal, Ictonyx striatus, having a long black-and-white coat
Word Origin
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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