\ ˈmiŋk How to pronounce mink (audio) \
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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Examples of mink in a Sentence

a coat made of mink women wearing expensive jewelry and minks
Recent Examples on the Web Last year, a mink on a fur farm in Michigan reportedly became infected with COVID-19. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2021 Michigan produced 65,000 mink pelts in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2021 Denmark and the Netherlands culled their mink stocks, killing almost 20 million of the furry animals in total to stop the virus from spreading further. Frank Schubert, Scientific American, 20 July 2021 Then in 2005, a mink found its way inside the colony and killed all but six of the fledglings. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 Salem: The Oregon Department of Agriculture has filed a temporary emergency rule requiring all mink ranchers to vaccinate their animals against COVID-19. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 The virus did, however, pass from farmed mink to humans. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 4 July 2021 The color palette includes mineral blue, dusty mink and pale ivory. Emma Reynolds, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Mink have been shown to retransmit SARS-CoV-2 to humans, leading some countries to take drastic measures to prevent the pathogen from spreading on mink farms. Frank Schubert, Scientific American, 20 July 2021

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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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“Mink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mink. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce mink (audio) \
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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