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weasel-like animals; fur coats made of this animal: He gives her minks and diamonds.
Not to be confused with:
minx – an impudent or flirtatious girl: The minx likes his expensive presents.
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n. pl. mink or minks
1. Either of two semiaquatic mustelid carnivores, Mustela lutreola of Europe or Neovison vison of North America, having a pointed snout, short legs, and partly webbed toes. The North American species is bred for its commercially valuable fur.
a. The soft thick lustrous fur of a mink.
b. A coat, stole, or hat made of this fur.
[Middle English, mink fur, possibly of Scandinavian origin.]
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