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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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