mink

noun
\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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Examples of mink in a Sentence

a coat made of mink women wearing expensive jewelry and minks

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That’s no coincidence: Kardashian, along with other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Kylie Jenner, and Shay Mitchell, are constantly sporting the brand’s mink lashes. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "How Every Celebrity in Hollywood Started Wearing Lilly Lashes," 31 July 2018 Researchers have collected genetic evidence that these HEVs can also infect a variety of animals, including pigs, wild boar, deer, rabbits, mongoose, chickens, camels, ferrets, greater bandicoots, Asian musk shrew, mink, moose, and fish. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Rat hepatitis jumps to human for first time, spotlighting disease mystery," 2 Oct. 2018 The storied British fashion house bids formal farewell to rabbit, fox, mink, Asiatic raccoon and angora, the furs of choice in recent years. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Burberry bans fur, stops destroying unsold goods," 6 Sep. 2018 In the movie Factory Girl, Sienna Miller donned a striped mink coat custom made by the firm. Kristina Stewart Ward, ELLE Decor, "Gilles Mendel's Fashion-Forward Home," 5 Jan. 2010 His research has focused on the ecology and management of invasive species in Patagonia, particularly American minks. Katie Worth, Scientific American, "When Scientists Are Mad about Each Other," 14 Feb. 2014 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

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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 \
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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