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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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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