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ferret

1ferret

noun fer·ret \ˈfer-ət\

Definition of FERRET

1
a :  a domesticated usually albino, brownish, or silver-gray animal (Mustela putorius furo) that is descended from the European polecat
b :  black-footed ferret
2
:  an active and persistent searcher
fer·rety \-ə-tē\ adjective

Origin of FERRET

Middle English furet, ferret, from Anglo-French firet, furet, from Vulgar Latin *furittus, literally, little thief, diminutive of Latin fur thief — more at furtive
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with FERRET

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verb

Definition of FERRET

intransitive verb
1
:  to hunt with ferrets
2
:  to search about
transitive verb
1
a (1) :  to hunt (as rabbits) with ferrets (2) :  to force out of hiding :  flush
b :  to find and bring to light by searching —usually used with out <ferret out the answers>
2
:  harry, worry
fer·ret·er noun

First Known Use of FERRET

15th century

3ferret

noun

Definition of FERRET

:  a narrow cotton, silk, or wool tape —called also ferreting

Origin of FERRET

probably modification of Italian fioretti floss silk, from plural of fioretto, diminutive of fiore flower, from Latin flor-, flos — more at blow
First Known Use: 1649

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