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Mink definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MINK, n. An American quadruped of the genus Mustela, an amphibious animal that burrows in the earth on the side of a river or pond, whose fur is more valuable than that of the muskrat.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the expensive fur of a mink
2: fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks [syn: mink, mink coat]
3: slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural mink or minks) Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century 1. soft fur or pelt of the mink varying in color from white to dark brown 2. either of two slender-bodied semiaquatic carnivorous mammals (Mustela vison of North America and M. lutreola of Eurasia) of the weasel family that have partially webbed feet, a rather short bushy tail, and a soft thick coat

Britannica Concise

Either of two species of nocturnal, semiaquatic carnivores in the weasel family (Mustelidae) that are trapped and raised commercially for their pelts. Mustela vison, found throughout N. America except in arid parts of the SW U.S., is 17-29 in. (43-74 cm) long and weighs up to 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg). The Eurasian species (M. lutreola) is slightly smaller. The rich brown coat consists of a dense, soft underfur overlaid with glossy guard hairs. Except for furs in the rare mutant colors produced by crossbreeding, wild mink fur is more valuable than "ranch mink."

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 either of two small semi-aquatic stoatlike animals of the genus Mustela, M. vison of N. America and M. intreola of Europe. 2 the thick brown fur of these. 3 a coat made of this. Etymology: cf. Sw. m{auml}nk, menk

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Mink Mink, n. [Cf. 2d Minx.] (Zo["o]l.) A carnivorous mammal of the genus Putorius, allied to the weasel. The European mink is Putorius lutreola. The common American mink (P. vison) varies from yellowish brown to black. Its fur is highly valued. Called also minx, nurik, and vison.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(minks, or mink) 1. A mink is a small animal with highly valued fur. ...a proposal for a ban on the hunting of foxes, mink and hares. N-COUNT Mink is the fur of a mink. ...a mink coat. N-UNCOUNT: oft N n 2. A mink is a coat or other garment made from the fur of a mink. Some people like to dress up in minks and diamonds. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Minx, North-American pole-cat, minx-otter, vison-otter, vison-weasel (Mustela vison).



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