ermine

An ermine is a wild animal, a small mammal with a very soft winter coat. Ermines look a bit like large weasels, unless you are wearing them as outerwear.

You're likely to come across the noun ermine in connection with the way humans use them — in some areas of the world, they are commonly raised or hunted for their fur, which is prized for its softness and can be made into coats or hats. Another word for an ermine is a stoat. A coat made from an ermine's skin is also called an ermine.

Definitions of ermine
  1. noun
    mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat
    synonyms: Mustela erminea, shorttail weasel
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    types:
    stoat
    the ermine in its brown summer coat with black-tipped tail
    type of:
    weasel
    small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck
  2. noun
    the expensive white fur of the ermine
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    type of:
    fur, pelt
    the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
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