Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to musteline: Victor fish
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.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(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)
(Animals) any musteline animal
[C17: from Latin mustēlīnus, from mustēla weasel, from mūs mouse + -tēla, of unknown origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||musteline - 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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.