- n Taxidea in some classifications considered a genus of subfamily Melinae
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n taxidea A genus of Mustelidæ. of the subfamily Melinæ, which contains the American badger, T. americana. It differs from Meles and other meline genera in many important cranial and dental characters, as well as in external form. The teeth are 34, with only 1 true molar above and 2 below on each side. The form is very stout, squat, and clumsy; the tail is short and broad; the pelage is loose, with diffuse coloration; the fore claws are very large, and the habits thoroughly fossorial; the hind feet are plantigrade; the perineal glands are moderately developed, and there is a peculiar subcaudal pouch, as in other badgers. A second species or variety, T. berlandieri, inhabits Texas and Mexico. See badger.