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zo·ril·la

(zə-rĭl′ə) also zor·il , or zor·ille (zôr′ĭl, zŏr′-)
n.
A carnivorous mustelid mammal (Ictonyx striatus) of Africa, resembling a skunk in appearance and in its method of defense.

[From New Latin (Mūstēla) zorilla, former species name, from French zorille, zorilla, from American Spanish zorrillo, skunk, from diminutive of Spanish zorro, fox, masculine back-formation from feminine zorra, vixen, from Old Spanish, idle and immoral woman, from zorrar, to drag, possibly imitative of the sound of dragging, or possibly variant of jorrar, to drag (probably from Arabic jurr, masculine singular imperative jarra, to drag; see grr in the Appendix of Semitic roots).]

zor•il

(ˈzɔr ɪl, ˈzɒr-)

also zo•ril•la

(zəˈrɪl ə)

n., pl. zor•ils also zo•ril•las.
a skunklike African mammal, Ictonyx striatus, of the weasel family.
[1765–75; < French zorille < Sp zorrilla, zorillo, diminutive of zorra, zorro fox]
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Noun1.zoril - muishond of northern Africazoril - muishond of northern Africa    
muishond - southern African weasel
genus Ictonyx, Ictonyx - a genus of Mustelidae
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Creatures like us--and I don't just mean primates, but all back-boned animals from aardvarks to zebras and axolotls to zorrillas (a striped polecat in case you were wondering) make up less than three per cent of all species.
The striped polecat has stink glands near its anus that produce a foul-smelling secretion; the resulting fumes can drive off both predators and innocent passersby.
Similar growth patterns have been reported for other mustelids such as striped polecats (Ictonyx striatus), African weasels (Poecilogale albinucha), American mink (Mustela vison) and least weasels (Heidt, 1970; Rowe-Rowe, 1978).