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Any of various small to medium-sized carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, usually having long slender bodies, short legs, and anal scent glands, and including the badgers, mink, otters, skunks, and weasels.

[New Latin Mūstēlidae, family name, from mūstēla, weasel, probably from mūs, mouse; see mūs- in Indo-European roots.]


(Zoology) any member of the Mustelidae or weasel family of small carnivorous mammals with musky anal scent glands
(Zoology) of, relating to or designating a member of the Mustelidae or weasel family


(ˈmʌs tl ɪd)

1. any of numerous carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, comprising the weasels, martens, skunks, badgers, and otters.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae.
[1905–10; < New Latin Mustelidae family name]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mustelid - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammalsmustelid - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
carnivore - a terrestrial or aquatic flesh-eating mammal; "terrestrial carnivores have four or five clawed digits on each limb"
family Mustelidae, Mustelidae - weasels; polecats; ferrets; minks; fishers; otters; badgers; skunks; wolverines; martens
weasel - small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck
mink - slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur
fitch, foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius, polecat - dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
black-footed ferret, ferret, Mustela nigripes - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct
otter - freshwater carnivorous mammal having webbed and clawed feet and dark brown fur
Enhydra lutris, sea otter - large marine otter of northern Pacific coasts having very thick dark brown fur
polecat, wood pussy, skunk - American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
badger - sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws; widely distributed in the northern hemisphere
honey badger, Mellivora capensis, ratel - nocturnal badger-like carnivore of wooded regions of Africa and southern Asia
carcajou, Gulo luscus, skunk bear, wolverine - stocky shaggy-coated North American carnivorous mammal
Gulo gulo, wolverine, glutton - musteline mammal of northern Eurasia
Galictis vittatus, grison, Grison vittatus - carnivore of Central America and South America resembling a weasel with a greyish-white back and dark underparts
marten, marten cat - agile slender-bodied arboreal mustelids somewhat larger than weasels
Eira barbara, taira, tayra - long-tailed arboreal mustelid of Central America and South America
References in periodicals archive ?
Stoats are members of the mustelid family and mustelid translates as musty smell (or sour smell).
But otters - part of the mustelid family of mammals, which includes badgers and weasels - have also been known to occupy man-made structures beside rivers if they provide enough shelter and protection.
In the study area during the 16 survey cruises, 29 marine mammal species were encountered, including 22 cetaceans, 6 pinnipeds, and a single mustelid species (Table 3).
Dwelling in rivers and coastlines up and down the UK, the mustelid - a collective term for this family of animals that also includes the weasel - plays a key role in the ecosystem, yet it is often under threat from cars and pollution, as well as invasive species such as the American mink.
Dwelling in rivers and coastlines up and down the UK, the mustelid - a relative of the weasel - plays a key role in the ecosystem, yet it is often under threat from cars and pollution, as well as invasive species such as the American mink.
Weasels (Mustela nivalis), Britain's smallest mustelid, are occasionally seen in the reserve.
The long-tailed weasel Mustela frenata Lichtenstein 1831 has the largest range of any mustelid in the Western Hemisphere, with a known distribution extending from southern Canada throughout the United States, Mexico, and Central America, and into northern South America.
A recent survey by The Vincent Wildlife Trust shows that this unfussy, bandit-masked mustelid has made great gains in central and southern England.
But what the kiwi had most to fear turned out to be the stoat, a mustelid slightly bigger than a weasel but smaller than a ferret.
If a Catalan tells you he plays the ferrets, it's not some mustelid version of betting on dogs (playing the puppies): your musical friend performs on the triangle.
The only fossil mustelid reported previously from Michigan was Martes americana, the marten, from the Holocene Sleeping Bear Dune locality (Pruitt 1954), so the Mill Creek specimen is the first record of a fossil Mustela weasel from Michigan.
Ferrets belong to the Mustelid family of mammals which includes weasels, stoats, polecats and badgers.