American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British The ermine, especially when in its brown color phase.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ermine, Putorius erminea, and other members of that genus when not specified by distinctive names. See ermine, weasel, mink, fitchew, polecat, ferrer. Stoat more particularly designates the animal in ordinary summer pelage, when it is dull mahogany-brown above, and pale sulphur-yellow below, with the tail black-tipped as in winter.
- n. Mustela erminea, the ermine or short-tailed weasel, a mustelid native to Eurasia and North America, distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The ermine in its summer pelage, when it is reddish brown, but with a black tip to the tail. The name is sometimes applied also to other brown weasels.
- n. the ermine in its brown summer coat with black-tipped tail
- Middle English stote. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She was brought up in the country, rides well (side-saddle), plays a goodish game of tennis, but does not know a stoat from a weasel or notice the direction of the wind.”
“The ermine, or stoat, is a bloodthirsty little villain.”
“* An animal called the stoat, a kind of ermine, is said to be found in North America, but very inferior to the European and Asiatic.”
“The little English stoat, which is destroyed by the gamekeepers, becomes the beautiful snow-white ermine in Russia and other cold countries. ”
“Both she and the stoat, with its white winter coat, are looking in the same direction, at something to the viewer's right.”
“The stacked wood, being undisturbed for the summer months, is a haunt of mice, and the stoat undulates over it, coming down headfirst like a nuthatch.”
“The clatter of a pheasant call from the field beyond sends the stoat into hiding.”
“A couple of weeks ago I watched an adult stoat carry a vole in its jaws back to the gap in the wall beneath the sycamore tree where I reckon its nest to be.”
“The stoat scampers along the dry-stone wall, lightly cresting the lichen-covered coping stones.”
“Along the waterside, silt from recent floods told its own morning story in tracks of badger, otter and stoat.”
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