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- n. A person who hunts with ferrets
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who ferrets.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who uses a ferret in catching or killing rats, rabbits, and other vermin.
- n. One who pries into the private affairs of others for the purpose of unearthing secrets, or of bringing anything to light.
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Mention the word ferreter and most people imagine a clandestine character with animals stuffed down his trousers.
A hardware store in Mexico is called a ferreteréa.
I watch Walsingham watching him and wonder how much the ferreter out of truth already grasps.
Great ferreter as he was, he had discovered former servants of the Duchess of Norfolk, that were ready, for consideration of threats, to swear that they had seen the Lady Katharine when a child in her grandmother's house to be over familiar with one Francis Dearham.
But Benjamin Dorn, experienced ferreter that he was, could not see two people of different sexes together without imagining that he was an accomplice in the hereditary sin of human kind.
But watching the way dog, ferrets and ferreter work together in the beautiful East Anglian countryside, it is plain that the pastime works at a deeper level.
So it continues, like a well organised dance in which ferrets, ferreter and dog work seamlessly through alternating periods of movement and silence.
While this image may have been accurate 20 years ago, these days a ferreter is as likely to be an office worker with ferrets that double as pets.
Hunting rabbits with ferrets is enjoying a revival thanks to the burgeoning rabbit population, currently estimated at 45 million, and it is why I am standing in a field off the A12 in north Suffolk watching professional ferreter Simon Whitehead in action.
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