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Ferret vs. Weasel

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Ferretnoun

An often domesticated mammal (Mustela putorius furo) rather like a weasel, descended from the polecat and often trained to hunt burrowing animals.

Weaselnoun

The least weasel, Mustela nivalis.

Ferretnoun

The black-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes.

Weaselnoun

Any of the carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a slender body, a long tail and usually a light brown upper coat and light-coloured belly.

Ferretnoun

A diligent searcher.

Weaselnoun

The taxonomic family Mustelidae is also called the weasel family.

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Ferretnoun

(dated) A tape of silk, cotton, or ribbon, used to tie documents, clothing, etc. or along the edge of fabric.

Weaselnoun

A devious or sneaky person or animal.

Ferretverb

To hunt game with ferrets.

Weaselnoun

A type of yarn winder used for counting the yardage of handspun yarn. It most commonly has a wooden peg or dowel that pops up from the gearing mechanism after a certain number of yards have been wound onto the winder.

Ferretverb

(ambitransitive) To uncover and bring to light by searching; usually to ferret out.

Weaselverb

(transitive) To achieve by clever or devious means.

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Ferretnoun

An animal of the Weasel family (Mustela furo syn. Putorius furo), about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been domesticated in Europe. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits and rats out of their holes. They are sometimes kept as pets.

Weaselverb

To gain something for oneself by clever or devious means.

Ferretnoun

A kind of narrow tape, usually made of woolen; sometimes of cotton or silk; - called also ferreting.

Weaselverb

(intransitive) To engage in clever or devious behavior.

Ferretnoun

The iron used for trying the melted glass to see if is fit to work, and for shaping the rings at the mouths of bottles.

Weaselnoun

Any one of various species of small carnivores belonging to the genus Putorius, as the ermine and ferret. They have a slender, elongated body, and are noted for the quickness of their movements and for their bloodthirsty habit in destroying poultry, rats, etc. The ermine and some other species are brown in summer, and turn white in winter; others are brown at all seasons.

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Ferretverb

To drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony; to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; - often used with out; as, to ferret out a secret.

‘Master Fer! I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him.’;

Weaselnoun

small carnivorous mammal with short legs and elongated body and neck

Ferretnoun

ferret of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct

Weasel

Weasels are mammals of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae. The genus Mustela includes the least weasels, polecats, stoats, ferrets and mink.

Ferretnoun

domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits

Ferretverb

hound or harry relentlessly

Ferretverb

hunt with ferrets

Ferretverb

search and discover through persistent investigation;

‘She ferreted out the truth’;

Ferret

The ferret (Mustela furo) is a domestic species of small mustelid. The only domesticated species in Mustelidae, it is thought to be a descendant of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela.

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