• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mustela type genus of the family Mustelidae: minks and weasels
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mustela The typical genus of Mustelidæ, formerly nearly coextensive with the family, but now restricted; the martens and sables. The species are of medium and rather large size, with moderately stout form; sharp curved claws; tail longer than the head, bushy, terete, or tapering; soles furry with naked pads; pelage full and soft but not shaggy, and not whitening in winter; progression digitigrade; and habits arboreal and terrestrial, not fossorial or aquatic. There are 38 teeth, or 4 more than in Putorius, and the lower sectorial tooth usually has an additional cusp. The leading species are the marten or pine-marten, M. martes or abietum; the beech-, stone-, or white-breasted marten, M. foina; the Russian sable, M. zibellina; the American sable, M. americana; and the fisher, pekan, or Pennant's marten, M.pennanti. See cuts under marten and fisher, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mustela mus-tē′la the typical genus of Mustelidæ, the martens and sables
    • n Mustela a musteline mammal
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In literature:

It is a native of Northern Europe and Siberia, and is also of the genus mustela.
"Astoria Or, Anecdotes Of An Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains" by Washington Irving
This cannot be the mustela of the antients, which is supposed to be the sea lamprey.
"Travels Through France and Italy" by Tobias Smollett
THE ANJING-AYER, Mustela lutra.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Mustela marina called by some a wesell ling which salted and dryed becomes a good Lenten dish.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne