\ 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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a coat made of mink women wearing expensive jewelry and minks
Recent Examples on the Web The most severe outbreaks among animals have been on mink farms. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Can You Get Covid-19 From Your Dog? Here’s What Disease Experts Say," 7 Sep. 2020 Utah is the second-largest producer of mink pelts in the United States, behind Wisconsin, according to the New York Times. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Covid-19 Reaches Mink Farms in Utah," 21 Aug. 2020 The Utah mink farms have also reported cases among workers. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Texas surpasses staggering 10K deaths; Florida tourism drops by 60.5%; infected mink found on Utah fur farms," 18 Aug. 2020 Two mink farms in Utah have the nation’s first confirmed animal cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans — the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah mink test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans," 17 Aug. 2020 Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with mink juleps in a commemorative cup while watching race on giant projection screen. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Aug. 31-Sept. 6," 9 June 2020 The farmers realized that something was wrong after a dire uptick in mink deaths earlier this month. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Covid-19 Reaches Mink Farms in Utah," 21 Aug. 2020 Salt Lake City: Officials on Monday confirmed the first U.S. cases of mink infected with the coronavirus following outbreaks in Europe. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Infected minks, airport layoffs, crawfish farmers: News from around our 50 states," 18 Aug. 2020 In the Netherlands, farmers had killed more than 1 million mink as of 2 August. Eli Cahan, Science | AAAS, "COVID-19 hits U.S. mink farms after ripping through Europe," 18 Aug. 2020

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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 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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