stoat

noun
\ ˈstōt How to pronounce stoat (audio) \
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

Examples of stoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most Wanted—every last rat, weasel, ferret, possum, and stoat that has invaded the city. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020 By 1880, rabbits were already recognized as an ecological plague, and mustelids—a family of carnivorous mammals encompassing weasels, stoats, and ferrets, among others—were introduced to control their population. Mara Johnson-groh, Wired, "The Quest to Purge New Zealand of Invasive Predators," 30 May 2020 By 1880, rabbits were already recognized as an ecological plague and mustelids—a family of carnivorous mammals encompassing weasels, stoats, and ferrets among others—were introduced to control their population. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020 Stoat – Related to weasels, polecats and ferrets, the stoat is a small but ferocious predator. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 The increase in seeds also means more rats, stoats and feral cats -- all of which pose risks to the bird. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "This bird was nearly extinct. Now, its population could double thanks to an 'epic' breeding season," 19 July 2019 Some New Zealanders, however, have doubts about the Predator Free 2050 campaign, which also plans to eradicate stoats and Australian possums. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 New Zealand has launched an ambitious plan to rid the country of predators such as rats, stoats and possums that have decimated native flora and fauna. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Communities Raise Their Voices on Genetic Engineering," 27 July 2018 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

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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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18 Jun 2020

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“Stoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stoat. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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stoat

noun
How to pronounce stoat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of stoat

chiefly British : 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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