ermine

noun er·mine \ ˈər-mən \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ermine

plural ermines
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 weasel (Mustela erminea) chiefly of northern Eurasia and North America that has a short tail, is found in varied habitats (such as forest, grassland, and tundra), and preys especially on small mammals (such as voles and mice) :short-tailed weasel, stoat
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 and Etymology of ermine

Middle English, from Anglo-French hermin, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German harmo weasel


ERMINE Defined for English Language Learners

ermine

noun

Definition of ermine for English Language Learners

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

  • : the white fur of an ermine


ERMINE Defined for Kids

ermine

noun er·mine \ ˈər-mən \

Definition of ermine for Students

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


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