short-tailed weasel

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of short-tailed weasel

: the common ermine (Mustela ermine) chiefly of northern Eurasia and North America that is brown above and white below in summer and in its northern range all white in winter and that ranges from 9 to 15 inches (23 to 38 centimeters) in length including a black-tipped tail that is usually 1 ½ to 3 ½ inches (3.8 to 9 centimeters) long : ermine 1a, stoat
  • Snowshoe hares and ermine (short-tailed weasels) both acquire snowy white coats hoping to fool predator or prey.
  • —Mary Taylor Gray
— compare long-tailed weasel

First Known Use of short-tailed weasel

1887


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