plural mink or minks
: soft fur or pelt of the mink varying in color from white to dark brown
: 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
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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mink was in the 15th century

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“Mink.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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plural mink or minks
: either of two flesh-eating mammals that resemble the related weasels, have a slender body, partly webbed feet, and a somewhat bushy tail, and live near water
also : the soft normally dark brown fur of a mink

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