noun \ˈmiŋk\

: a small animal that has a thin body and soft, dark brown fur

: the skin and fur of a mink used for making clothing

: a piece of clothing (such as a coat) made of mink

plural mink or minks

Full Definition of MINK

:  soft fur or pelt of the mink varying in color from white to dark brown
:  either of two slender-bodied semiaquatic carnivorous mammals (Mustela vison of North America and M. lutreola of Eurasia) of the weasel family that have partially webbed feet, a rather short bushy tail, and a soft thick coat

Examples of MINK

  1. a coat made of mink
  2. women wearing expensive jewelry and minks

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Origin of MINK

Middle English
First Known Use: 15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

American mink (Mustela vison).—Karl H. Maslowski

Either of two species of nocturnal, semiaquatic carnivores in the weasel family (Mustelidae) that are trapped and raised commercially for their pelts. American mink (Mustela vison), found throughout North America except in arid parts of the southwestern U.S., is 17–29 in. (43–74 cm) long and weighs up to 3.5 lb (1.6 kg). The Eurasian species (M. lutreola) is slightly smaller. The rich brown coat consists of a dense, soft underfur overlaid with glossy guard hairs. Except for furs in the rare mutant colours produced by crossbreeding, wild mink fur is more valuable than “ranch mink.”


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