- the ermine, Mustela erminea, especially when in brown summer pelage.
Origin of stoat
Examples from the Web for stoat
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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.
The stoat came from a tree which was even more decrepit than the chestnut.
The stoat flung its head up as it scented him, but let him pass.
The stump was an ideal nursery; as such the stoat had employed it.
- 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 and History for stoat
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."