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Mustelidae

Definition:

a mammal family including weasels, polecats, ferrets, minks, fishers, otters, badgers, skunks, wolverines, and martens

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

Mustelidae*
(* Mustelidae may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Mustela + -idae
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Mustelidae | weasel family

a family of carnivorous mammals, commonly referred to as the weasel family. Mustelids are diverse and the largest family in the order Carnivora. The internal classification still seems to be rather unsettled, with rival proposals containing between two... (38 of 3450 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Mustelidae

Wiktionary:

Mustelidae | Lutrinae [otters, subtype] | Melinae [badgers, subtype] | Mellivorinae [ratels, subtype] | Taxidiinae [badgers, subtype] | Mustelinae [weasels, ferrets, wolverines, martens, subtype]

A taxonomic family within the superfamily Musteloidea -- the otters, badgers, ratels, weasels, mink etc.. (14 of 16 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Mustelidae

Oxford Dictionary:

Carnivora

Syllabification: (Car·niv·o·ra) [zoology] | an order of mammals that comprises the cats, dogs, bears, hyenas, weasels, civets, raccoons, and ... (18 of 53 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/Carnivora

Carnivora [zoology]

an order of mammals that comprises the cats, dogs, bears, hyenas, weasels, civets, raccoons, and mongooses. They are distinguished by having powerful ... (22 of 51 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/Carnivora

Random House Dictionary:

Carnivora

the order comprising the carnivores. (5 of 10 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/carnivora

Encarta Dictionary:

musteline | Mustelidae [member of]

relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of the group of mammals that includes weasels, otters, badgers, and skunks. Family Mustelidae. (20 of 39 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861632066​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

Mustelidae

Origin: Mustela + -idae

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Mustelidae

Mustela

Origin: Latin mūstēla ("weasel"), probably from mūs ("mouse")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/Mustela

-idae

Origin: Ancient Greek εἶδος (eidos, "appearance")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-idae

Audio reference

the Free Dictionary:

Mustelidae

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Mustelidae"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Mustelidae"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/Mustelidae

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