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stoat

[stoht] /stoʊt/
noun
1.
the ermine, Mustela erminea, especially when in brown summer pelage.
Origin of stoat
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English stote < ?
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  • Then she came to a heap of stones, and there stood a stoat and peeped out.

  • A stoat had passed him with its mouth too full to snap—and all within two fields.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • The stoat flung its head up as it scented him, but let him pass.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • The stoat came from a tree which was even more decrepit than the chestnut.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • The stump was an ideal nursery; as such the stoat had employed it.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • Yet, if the fancy takes me, I can cover land or water faster than any stoat.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • But Adams had no more pity or compunction in his mind than if Meeus had been a stoat.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • "No intrusion can be thought of for a moment," said the stoat.

    Wood Magic

    Richard Jefferies
  • Now the fox had his own ideas, and he wanted to get rid of the stoat.

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British Dictionary definitions for stoat

stoat

/stəʊt/
noun
1.
a small Eurasian musteline mammal, Mustela erminea, closely related to the weasels, having a brown coat and a black-tipped tail: in the northern parts of its range it has a white winter coat and is then known as an ermine
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for stoat
n.

mid-15c., stote, "ermine in its summer coat of brown," of uncertain origin. The word bears resemblance to Old Norse stutr "bull," Swedish stut "bull," Danish stud "ox," but the sense is difficult unless a common notion is "male animal."

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