least weasel

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of least weasel

:a small weasel (Mustela nivalis) of northern North America, Eurasia, and northern Africa that is brown above and white below in summer and in its northern range usually all white in winter, that ranges in length from 6 to 10 inches (15.2 to 25.4 centimeters) including a tail that is usually 1 to 2.5 inches (2.5 to 6.4 centimeters) long, and that lacks the black-tipped tail found in the related short-tailed weasel and long-tailed weasel
Note: The least weasel is the smallest known carnivore and preys especially on small rodents (such as mice and voles).

First Known Use of least weasel

1874


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