Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the Mustelidae, the family of fur-bearing mammals that includes the badger, mink, otter, and weasel.

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  • adj. Like or relating to the family Mustelidae, or the weasels and martens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like or pertaining to the family Mustelidæ, or the weasels and martens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling a marten or weasel; of or pertaining to the Mustelinæ, or, in a broader sense, to the Mustelidæ or weasel family.
  • Specifically, tawny, like a weasel in summer; fawn-colored.
  • n. A musteline mammal; a member of the Mustelinæ.
  • Dogfish-like; of or pertaining to the Mustelinæ.
  • n. A musteline fish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals

Etymologies

Latin mūstēlīnus, of a weasel, from mūstēla, weasel, probably from mūs, mouse; see mūs- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin mūstēlīnus, from mūstēla ("weasel"), from mūs ("mouse”, “rat"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The direction of Ms. Clinton's musteline personality is determined by the direction of the current political breeze.

    Happy Hour Roundup

  • We now come to the third group of the musteline animals, the most aquatic of all the Fissipedia -- the _Lutridae_ or Otters -- of which there are two great divisions, the common Otters (_Lutra_) and the

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • He went so far as to deploy the legally fraught term defamatory, which is the musteline way of subtly raising the specter of a legal threat.

    Media Blog

  • American sloth W 1883 OW mephitine skunk W soricine shrew 1781 - moschine musk deer c1878 OW OW talpine mole 1860 OW musteline weasel, mink tapirine tapir

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 1

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  • (adj): of or pertaining to the weasel or marten family; having the brown coloration of the weasel.
    (n): a marten or weasel.

    January 11, 2009

  • Weasel-like.

    December 8, 2006