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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.]
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(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
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mus•te•lid(ˈmʌs tl ɪd)
1. any of numerous carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, comprising the weasels, martens, skunks, badgers, and otters.adj.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Mustelidae.
[1905–10; < New Latin Mustelidae family name]
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|Noun||1.||mustelid - 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
Galictis vittatus, grison, Grison vittatus - carnivore of Central America and South America resembling a weasel with a greyish-white back and dark underparts
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