ermine

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noun er·mine \ˈər-mən\

Definition of ermine

plural

ermines

  1. 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 short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) of the forests and tundra of Eurasia and North America b :  the white fur of the ermine

  2. 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


First Known Use: 12th century


ERMINE Defined for English Language Learners

ermine

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noun er·mine \ˈər-mən\

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

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noun er·mine \ˈər-mən\

Definition of ermine for Students

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


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