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ermine

noun er·mine \ˈər-mən\

: a small animal that has a long body and fur that turns white in winter

: the white fur of an ermine

plural ermines

Full Definition of ERMINE

1
or plural ermine
a :  any of several weasels whose coats become white in winter usually with black on the tip of the tail; especially :  a short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) of the forests and tundra of Eurasia and North America
b :  the white fur of the ermine
2
:  a rank or office whose ceremonial or official robe is ornamented with ermine
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Origin of ERMINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French hermin, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German harmo weasel
First Known Use: 12th century

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ERMINES Defined for Kids

ermine

noun er·mine \ˈər-mən\

Definition of ERMINE for Kids

:  a weasel of northern regions having a winter coat of white fur with a tail tipped in black

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