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 cryobank has provided genetic material to revive rare species like Przewalski’s horse and the black-footed ferret through cloning. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed that a black-footed ferret was found in a residential garage in Pueblo. Fox News, 31 Dec. 2021 Phoenix: The Phoenix Zoo is asking the public to help name one of its black-footed ferret litters. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Animals like the black-footed ferret and California condor are represented, but so are groups often left out of such analyses: species of bees, butterflies, fish, mussels, crayfish and flowering plants. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Once widespread throughout the Great Plains in the US, the black-footed ferret was thought to be extinct until a ranch dog helped scientists discover an 18-strong colony in Wyoming in 1981. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 9 Feb. 2022 Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed that a black-footed ferret was found in a residential garage in Pueblo. Fox News, 31 Dec. 2021 In 2020, scientists cloned a black-footed ferret for the first time. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 9 Feb. 2022 Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed that a black-footed ferret was found in a residential garage in Pueblo. Fox News, 31 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 5 Jul. 2022.

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