mink

noun
\ 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

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Cher inspired awe with her groovy hip-grazing hair, spidery mink lashes, and bright long talons, always a fitting complement to her glittering Bob Mackie gowns. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Josephine Baker to Cher, 25 Camp Beauty Icons Through the Decades," 2 May 2019 Unsurprisingly, the chemicals have turned up in a variety of wildlife species, including fish, bald eagles and mink. Michael Casey, The Seattle Times, "EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks," 12 Feb. 2019 Turner stepped out in a pair of fuzzy mink loafers from Louis Vuitton. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wore Her Cozy Louis Vuitton House Slippers Outside," 3 Apr. 2019 Lash extensions are semi-permanent, synthetic, faux mink or silk fibers that are applied strand by strand with specially formulated non-irritating glue to your own lashes to enhance your eye shape. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Every Question You've Ever Had About Lash Extensions Answered," 4 Feb. 2019 Wool proponents say they have been unfairly lumped in with crocodile hunters and mink farmers by overzealous do-gooders who fundamentally misunderstand what goes into sheep farming, not to mention the superior properties of wool. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "Fiber Optics: Wool Lovers Battle Animal-Rights Crowd Over Sheep Shearing," 7 Jan. 2019 In the living room—an almond-pale space anchored by an oversize sofa that seems to float atop a mirrored base—pillows of nougat-beige mink made in Mendel's workshops are scattered here and there. Kristina Stewart Ward, ELLE Decor, "Gilles Mendel's Fashion-Forward Home," 5 Jan. 2010 Starting with Riccardo Tisci’s debut collection this September 17, Burberry is banning rabbit, fox, mink, and Asiatic raccoon fur, as well as angora. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Burberry’s Future is Fur-Free—And Much More Sustainable," 6 Sep. 2018 In an interview with Business of Fashion, CEO Marco Gobbetti confirmed the brand will no longer use animal fur including rabbit, fox, mink, and Asiatic raccoon fur, as well as angora wool. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry Vows to Stop Burning Unsold Merchandise and Using Real Fur," 6 Sep. 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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mink

noun

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

mink

noun
\ 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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