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badger,

name for several related members of the weaselweasel,
name for certain small, lithe, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae (weasel family). Members of this family are generally characterized by long bodies and necks, short legs, small rounded ears, and medium to long tails.
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 family. Most badgers are large, nocturnal, burrowing animals, with broad, heavy bodies, long snouts, large, sharp claws, and long, grizzled fur. The Old World badger, Meles meles, is found in Europe and in Asia N of the Himalayas; it is about 3 ft (90 cm) long, with a 4-in. (10-cm) tail, and weighs about 30 lb (13.6 kg). Its unusual coloring, light above and dark below, is unlike that of most mammals but is found in some other members of the family. The head is white, with a conspicuous black stripe on each side. European badgers live, often in groups, in large burrows called sets, which they usually dig in dry slopes in woods. They emerge at night to forage for food; their diet is mainly earthworms but also includes rodents, young rabbits, insects, and plant matter. The American badger, Taxidea taxus, is about 2 ft (60 cm) long, with a 5-in. (13-cm) tail and weighs 12 to 24 lb (5.4–10.8 kg); it is very short-legged, which gives its body a flattened appearance. The fur is yellowish gray and the face black, with a white stripe over the forehead and around each eye. It is found in open grasslands and deserts of W and central North America, from N Alberta to N Mexico. It feeds largely on rodents and carrion; an extremely swift burrower, it pursues ground squirrels and prairie dogs into their holes, and may construct its own living quarters 30 ft (9.1 m) below ground level. American badgers are solitary and mostly nocturnal; in the extreme north they sleep through the winter. Several kinds of badger are found in SE Asia; these are classified in a number of genera. Badgers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Mustelidae.

badger

[′baj·ər]
(design engineering)
(engineering)
A tool used inside a pipe or culvert to remove any excess mortar or deposits.
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of eight species of carnivorous mammals in six genera comprising the subfamily Melinae of the weasel family (Mustelidae).

badger

backwater valve: installation
1. A tool used inside a pipe or culvert to remove excess mortar or deposits.

badger

1. any of various stocky omnivorous musteline mammals of the subfamily Melinae, such as Meles meles (Eurasian badger), occurring in Europe, Asia, and North America: order Carnivora (carnivores). They are typically large burrowing animals, with strong claws and a thick coat striped black and white on the head
2. honey badger another name for ratel
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Since badgers became protected in 1992, their numbers have increased at least tenfold, and in our shrinking countryside this has forced them to live a lifestyle to which they are not well suited.
Police Scotland advise that "if you see anyone with digging equipment and dogs in an area where badgers do live, don't approach them but take a note of the registration numbers and call the police straight away."
However, just a year later Michael Gove also approved a huge expansion of badger culling, resulting in the largest number of badgers being killed to date.
Weasels use their musk glands to mark their territory but badgers do not have a specific purpose for theirs.
These include taking, injuring, or killing badgers, causing them cruelty, interfering with badger setts, selling and possessing live badgers, or marking and ringing the animals.
Badgers are stocky in stature, with a short, thick neck and short, powerful legs that are armed with long, sharp claws.
Farmers can get licences and last year more than 19,200 badgers were killed.
The Tories show no let-up in their desire to quench their blood lust, condemning another 40,000 badgers to death by farmers' shotguns (Mirror, Sept 14).
Unfortunately, some sectors of humankind have turned against badgers. A sudden increase in the incidence of bovine TB has caused many cattle farmers to regard badgers as undesirables.
Artificial badger setts were allegedly found at the farm and seven skulls, possibly those of foxes or badgers.