Definitions for: Zorilla






Webster (1913) Definition: Zo*ril"la, n. [Sp. zorilla, zorillo, dim. of zorra,
zorro, a fox: cf. F. zorille.] (Zo["o]l.)
Either one of two species of small African carnivores of the
genus Ictonyx allied to the weasels and skunks. [Written
also zoril, and zorille.]

Note: The best-known species (Ictonyx zorilla) has black
shiny fur with white bands and spots. It has anal
glands which produce a very offensive secretion,
similar to that of the skunk. It feeds upon birds and
their eggs and upon small mammals, and is often very
destructive to poultry. It is sometimes tamed by the
natives, and kept to destroy rats and mice. Called also
mariput, Cape polecat, and African polecat. The
name is sometimes erroneously applied to the American
skunk.

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