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Ratel \Ra"tel\ (r[=a]"t[e^]l), n. [F.] (Zo["o]l.) Any carnivore of the genus Mellivora, allied to the weasels and the skunks; -- called also honey badger.

Note: Several species are known in Africa and India. The Cape ratel ( Mellivora Capensis) and the Indian ratel ( Mellivora Indica) are the best known. The back is gray; the lower parts, face, and tail are black. They are fond of honey, and rob the nests of wild bees.


n. A carnivorous mammal, ''Mellivora capensis'', found in Africa and some parts of Asia; the honey badger


n. nocturnal badger-like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia [syn: honey badger, Mellivora capensis]

Ratel (disambiguation)

Ratel is a small mammal (Mellivora capensis), also known as a Honey Badger

Ratel may also refer to:

  • Radio Telecommunications, a method of communicating over a radio used in the Australian Army and Australian Army Cadets
  • Ratel IFV, a family of wheeled infantry vehicles in service with the South African Army
  • Stéphane Ratel Organisation, organizer of the FIA GT Championship, ADAC GT Masters, Belcar, FIA GT3 and other motorsport series
  • Ratel, a software application part of the Okapi Framework to create and maintain SRX segmentation rules

Usage examples of "ratel".

One crawled like a snail, One like a wombat prowled obtuse and furry, One like a ratel tumbled hurry-scurry.

And having no place to put the giant ant-eaters, any way - having removed them from the cages of ratel and civet, respectively - I allowed O.

I exchanged the anteaters for the ratel - a surly, snarling badgerlike oval of hair and claws, with a long memory concerning Schrutt, I was sure.

But the ratel was too small, I knew, to ever initiate a full-scale assault on old O.

Schrutt upright against the glass, the ratel almost playful with his odd snarls - boastful in the center of the cage.

Schrutt flopped backward in the sawdust, rolling into the ratel, who snapped, but who backed away himself - at the chute door, the two of them quaking at the close-range roar familiar to all the inmates of the Hietzinger Zoo.

I have already alluded to the Cape ratel doing this on the look-out for bees.

These unworthy soldiers, named Ratel and Mallet, showed this woman the utmost interest and offered to take her to the Chaussards and force them to make restitution.

The woman Bryond starts on horseback, disguised as a man, accompanied by Ratel, Mallet, and the girl Godard.

The woman Bourget, Vauthier, the Chaussards, Pannier, the woman Lechantre, Mallet and Ratel, all participated in the crime in their several degrees, as did the innkeepers Melin, Binet, Laraviniere, and Chargegrain.

As for the conduct of the two gendarmes Ratel and Mallet, it deserves the severest penalty of the law.

Tom Ratel tumbled over head and heels for us in his usual diverting manner.

I knew exactly what they were, the Ratels in the London Zoological Gardens used to interest me greatly.

He guessed what was coming and even as the great cat sprang he turned and dove headforemost down the hole of the ratel and behind him rattled the loose earth pushed into the burrow's mouth by Numa as he alighted upon the spot where Tarzan had stood.