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mus·te·line

 (mŭs′tə-līn′, -lĭn)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or resembling the mustelids.
2. Of, relating to, or belonging to the subfamily Mustelinae, which includes the weasels and martens.

[Latin mūstēlīnus, of a weasel, from mūstēla, weasel, probably from mūs, mouse; see mūs- in Indo-European roots.]

mus′te·line′ n.

musteline

(ˈmʌstɪˌlaɪn; -lɪn)
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Mustelidae, a family of typically predatory mammals including weasels, ferrets, minks, polecats, badgers, skunks, and otters: order Carnivora (carnivores)
n
(Animals) any musteline animal
[C17: from Latin mustēlīnus, from mustēla weasel, from mūs mouse + -tēla, of unknown origin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musteline - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammalsmusteline - 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
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