from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various semiaquatic carnivores of the genus Mustela, especially M. vison of North America, resembling the weasel and having short ears, a pointed snout, short legs, and partly webbed toes.
  • n. The soft thick lustrous fur of this animal.
  • n. A coat, stole, or hat made of the fur of this animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals in the Mustelinae subfamily, similar to weasels, with dark fur, native to Europe and America, of which two species in different genera are extant.
  • n. An article of clothing made of mink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A carnivorous mammal of the genus Mustela (foremrly Putorius), allied to the weasel. The European mink is Mustela lutreola. The common American mink (Mustela vison) varies from yellowish brown to black. Its fur is highly valued. Called also minx, nurik, and vison.
  • n. The fur of the mink{1}. Together with sable, it is one of the most expensive furs not taken from endangerd species. When the fur is taken from animals grown on a farm, it called ranch mink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An American digitigrade carnivorous quadruped of the family Mustelidæ, Putorius (Lutreola) vison, of semi-aquatic habits.
  • n. Same as kingfish .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks
  • n. the expensive fur of a mink
  • n. slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, mink fur, possibly of Scandinavian origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Of North Germanic origin.



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