black-footed ferret

noun

Definition of black-footed ferret

: a rare weasel (Mustela nigripes) of western North American prairies having a yellowish coat, dark feet and facial mask, and a dark-tipped tail

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Recent Examples on the Web The plight of the black-footed ferret might be a warning. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "The fight to save America’s most endangered mammal," 5 Mar. 2021 Now, Elizabeth Ann lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has been certified to be 100 percent black-footed ferret by blood tests. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Elizabeth Ann Is the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret," 22 Feb. 2021 Scientists have successfully cloned a wild black-footed ferret that died more than 30 years ago, according to a statement from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Elizabeth Ann Is the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret," 22 Feb. 2021 Elizabeth Ann was born to a tame domestic ferret, which avoided putting a rare black-footed ferret at risk. Mead Gruver, USA TODAY, "Scientists have cloned the first US endangered species: A black-footed ferret that died 30 years ago," 19 Feb. 2021 Elizabeth Ann was born to a tame domestic ferret, which avoided putting a rare black-footed ferret at risk. NBC News, "Scientists clone the first U.S. endangered species," 19 Feb. 2021 This is a fresh success story for the black-footed ferret, which has become emblematic of how well conservation and repopulation efforts can work. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Ferret Died 33 Years Ago. Scientists Just Brought Her Back to Life.," 19 Feb. 2021 The team is working to produce more black-footed ferret clones in the coming months as part of their research efforts. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Meet Elizabeth Ann the ferret: The first endangered American animal to be cloned," 19 Feb. 2021 Lummis's Senate campaign account, meanwhile, posted a tweet praising genetic technological innovation in cloning a black-footed ferret, an animal that is native to Wyoming. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Laser-eyes Lummis: Wyoming senator changes profile picture to join in Bitcoin meme," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of black-footed ferret

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Black-footed ferret.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-footed%20ferret. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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