Definition of stoat
: the common Holarctic ermine (Mustela erminea) especially in its brown summer coat
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Scientists estimate that invasive stoats, rats, and possums kill 25 million native birds in the country every year.
Ironically, the species in New Zealand that conservationists there expect to be toughest to deal with isn’t rats, possums, or stoats – but humans.
Invasive stoats and cats snacked on the parrots; humans hunted them for their meat and feathers, or tried to keep them as pets.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of stoat
Middle English stote
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of stoat for English Language Learners
: 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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