\ˈmiŋk \
plural mink or minks

Definition of mink 

1 : soft fur or pelt of the mink varying in color from white to dark brown

2 : either of two slender-bodied semiaquatic carnivorous mammals (Mustela vison of North America and M. lutreola of Eurasia) of the weasel family that have partially webbed feet, a rather short bushy tail, and a soft thick coat

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With an increase in mussels, other species that feed on them also could grow, including great blue herons, mink and catfish, the fisheries biologists said. Liz Bowie, Washington Post, "Maryland begins program to replenish freshwater mussels," 19 May 2018 The hotel’s lost and found was a treasure trove of expensive, forgotten possessions from canes to mink capes. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "6 fun things about Pier 66 you probably didn't know," 6 July 2018 His father headed home to celebrate New Year's Eve, while Ivana put a boa and a mink over her hospital gown and went to visit a girlfriend recovering from back surgery on another floor of the hospital. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 With an increase in mussels, other species that feed on them, also could grow, including great blue herons, mink, catfish and other fish, the fisheries biologists said. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland begins program to replenish freshwater mussels," 17 May 2018 Otters are big, probably three times the size of mink, and range from 10 to 25 pounds with a muscular body that is torpedo-like. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "Otters making a comeback in Lake County and throughout the state," 11 Apr. 2018 Ruffini is rounding out the lineup by applying his trademark quilted down to everything from puffy backpacks to scarves and adding items such as alpaca sweaters, mink house slippers, and logo caps and T-shirts. Robert Williams, Bloomberg.com, "Moncler Transformed Ski Parkas With $1,000 Price Tags. What’s Next?," 17 Apr. 2018 Wild animals are rarely seen — only red foxes and minks are native to Iceland. Rich Westcott, Philly.com, "A trip to Iceland is one you'll never forget," 13 Apr. 2018 His showroom features chinchilla, sable, fox, and Blackglama mink. Janie Har, USA TODAY, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mink

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mink

Middle English

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English Language Learners Definition of mink

: a small animal that has a thin body and soft, dark brown fur

: the skin and fur of a mink used for making clothing

: a piece of clothing (such as a coat) made of mink


\ˈmiŋk \
plural mink or minks

Kids Definition of mink

1 : a small animal related to the weasel that has partly webbed feet, lives around water, and feeds on smaller animals (as frogs, crabs, and mice)

2 : the soft thick usually brown fur of a mink

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