stoat

noun
\ˈstōt \
plural stoats also stoat

Definition of stoat 

: the common ermine (Mustela erminea) 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 sense 1a, short-tailed weasel

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The goal is to rid the nation, which has no native land mammals besides bats, of feral cats, rats, possums, stoats and other predators by the year 2050. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Australian Feral Cats Eat More Than a Million Reptiles Per Day," 26 June 2018 Higher up near the alpine regions, black pine yields to sheer granite and slate peaks, and chamois, ptarmigan, stoat and marmots peer curiously at visitors, while griffon vultures and golden eagles soar overhead. Smithsonian, "Explore Catalonia’s Most Beautiful Nature Parks," 15 June 2018 Invasive stoats and cats snacked on the parrots; humans hunted them for their meat and feathers, or tried to keep them as pets. Claire Voon, Smithsonian, "Seduced By a Rare Parrot," 13 Apr. 2017 And in the 19th century, European settlers and their coterie of stoats, weasels, cats, and dogs dealt the coup de grace. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced," 13 Sep. 2017 Invasive stoats and cats snacked on the parrots Claire Voon, Smithsonian, "Seduced By a Rare Parrot," 13 Apr. 2017 Winter White Cloak With its impeccable winter white robe, a stoat, or ermine (both the animal and its winter coat are called ermine) mirrors its snowy surroundings in Italy’s Gran Paradiso National Park. National Geographic, "Before and After: See Animals Change Their Coats for Winter," 6 Feb. 2016 Scientists estimate that invasive stoats, rats, and possums kill 25 million native birds in the country every year. Joseph Dussault, The Christian Science Monitor, "Kiwis take front line in global war against invasive species," 12 June 2017 Winter White Cloak With its impeccable winter white robe, a stoat, or ermine (both the animal and its winter coat are called ermine) mirrors its snowy surroundings in Italy’s Gran Paradiso National Park. National Geographic, "Before and After: See Animals Change Their Coats for Winter," 6 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of stoat

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stoat

Middle English stote

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stoat

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English Language Learners Definition of stoat

: a small animal that has a long body and brown fur that turns white in winter; especially : this animal when its fur is brown

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