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zorilla (striped polecat)

Definition:

a muishond that somewhat resembles a skunk and that is found in savannahs and open country of southern and western Africa

Class:

animal noun (animals and microorganisms)

Plural:

zorillas

Original source:

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Synonyms:

Ictonyx striatus [species] | African polecat | striped polecat | zoril | zorille | I. striatus [abbreviation, species]

Etymology:

from French, from Spanish zorrillo a little fox, from zorro fox
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

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Definition references

Oxford Dictionary:

zorilla | striped polecat [synonym] | Ictonyx striatus [species] | Mustelidae [family, member of]

a black and white carnivorous mammal that resembles a skunk, inhabiting arid regions of southern Africa. | (16 of 53 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/zorilla

American Heritage Dictionary:

zorille | Ictonyx striatus [species]

A carnivorous African mammal "(Ictonyx striatus") related to the weasel but resembling the skunk in appearance and in its method of defense. (22 of 47 words, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

zorille | zoril | Ictonyx striatus [species]

a small, striped, black and white, musteline carnivore of the drier parts of Africa: it looks and smells like the skunk (21 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/zorille

Random House Dictionary:

zoril | zorilla | zorille | Ictonyx striatus [species]

a weasellike African animal resembling a skunk in coloration and habits. (11 of 26 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/zoril

Wikipedia:

Zorilla [disambiguation] | striped polecat

a family name of Spanish origin José Zorrilla y Moral, a Spanish writer | Francisco de Rojas Zorrilla, a Spanish artist | Juan Zorrilla de San Martín, a Uruguayan poet | Manuel Ruiz Zorrilla, a Spanish Prime Minister | Zorylo / Zorilo, a family name... (41 of 119 words, 7 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

zorille | zorilles [plural] | zoril | zorilla | striped polecat [synonym] | African polecat [synonym] | Cape polecat [synonym] | African skunk [synonym] | zorils [plural] | ...

Ictonyx striatus, a small, carnivorous, nocturnal African mammal resembling a skunk. (11 of 13 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/zorille

Collins Dictionary:

zorilla | zorille | Ictonyx striatus [species]

a skunk-like African musteline mammalhaving a long black-and-white coat (9 of 187 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/zorilla

Columbia Encyclopedia:

zorilla

small, carnivorous, nocturnal mammal, "Ictonyx striatus", of the weasel family, found in dry regions of Africa. It's also called striped weasel and ... (22 of 139 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0853498​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

zorille [mammal] | Zoril, or Zorilla | Striped Polecat, African Polecat, Cape Polecat, or Striped Weasel [synonym]

African carnivore of the weasel family, frequenting diverse habitats. It has a slender body, 29-39 centimetres long, and a bushy white tail, 21-31 cm ... (24 of 89 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/658054​/zorille

Encarta Dictionary:

zorilla | zorillas [plural] | zorille: zorilles [plural] | zoril: zorils [plural] | zorilles [plural] | zorils [plural] | zorille | zoril | Ictonyx striatus [species]

a carnivorous mammal of the weasel family that looks like a skunk and has long black-and-white fur. Native to: Africa. (20 of 65 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861707275​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

zorilla | zorille

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French, from Spanish zorrillo a little fox, from zorro fox

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/zorilla

Oxford Dictionary:

zorilla

First use: late 18th century

Origin: French from Spanish zorrilla, diminutive of zorro "fox"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/zorilla

American Heritage Dictionary:

zorille

Origin: French, from Spanish zorrillo, skunk, diminutive of zorro, fox, from Old Spanish, idler, vagabond, fox.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/zorille

New World Dictionary:

zorille

Origin: French zorille from Spanish zorilla, zorillo, diminutive of zorra, zorro, fox

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/zorille

Encarta Dictionary:

zorilla | zorillas [plural] | zorille: zorilles [plural] | zoril: zorils [plural] | zorilles [plural] | zorils [plural]

First use: Late 18th century

Origin: French and modern Latin from Spanish zorilla "little fox" from zorro "fox"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861707275​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

zorilla | zorille

Audio: British English pronunciation of "zorilla"

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zorille | zorilla

Audio: British English pronunciation of "zorille"

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the Free Dictionary:

zorilla

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zorille

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Zoril

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Zoril

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zorille

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