Definition of ratel in English:

ratel

Pronunciation /ˈrādl/ /ˈreɪdl/ /ˈrädl/ /ˈrɑdl/

noun

  • A badger-like mammal with a white or gray back and black underparts, native to Africa and Asia.

    Also called honey badger

    Mellivora capensis, family Mustelidae

    • ‘Honey badgers, or ratels, can weigh up to 12 kilograms.’

Origin

Late 18th century from Afrikaans, of unknown ultimate origin.