Definition of ratel in English:

ratel

noun

  • A badger-like mammal with a white or grey back and black underparts, native to Africa and Asia. In Africa it is attracted by the honeyguide bird to bee nests, which it breaks open to gain access to the grubs and honey.

    Also called honey badger
    • ‘Honey badgers, or ratels, can weigh up to 12 kilograms.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ratel

/ˈreɪt(ə)l//ˈrɑːt(ə)l/