black-footed ferret


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black-footed ferret

n.
A nocturnal North American weasel (Mustela nigripes) having yellow and brown fur with a black mask and feet.

fer•ret1

(ˈfɛr ɪt)

n.
1. a domesticated variety of the polecat, used esp. in Europe for driving small mammals from their burrows.
2. Also called black-footed ferret. a North American prairie weasel, Mustela nigripes, with a black mask and black feet.
v.t.
3. to drive out by or as if by using a ferret (often fol. by out): to ferret rabbits from their burrows; to ferret out enemies.
4. to hunt with ferrets.
5. to hunt over with ferrets: to ferret a field.
6. to search out; bring to light (often fol. by out): to ferret out the facts.
7. to harry or worry; torment.
v.i.
8. to search about.
9. to hunt with ferrets.
[1350–1400; Middle English fer(r)et(te), fyret, furet < Middle French furet < Vulgar Latin *furittus=fūr thief (< Latin) + -ittus -et]
fer′ret•er, n.
fer′ret•y, adj.

fer•ret2

(ˈfɛr ɪt)

n.
a narrow tape or ribbon, as of silk or cotton, used for trimming, etc. Also called fer′ret•ing.
[1570–80; alter. of Italian fioretto floss silk, literally, little flower =fior(e) (< Latin flōrem; see flower)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.black-footed ferret - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United Statesblack-footed ferret - musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
genus Mustela, Mustela - type genus of the family Mustelidae: minks and weasels
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