Origin of ferret1
OTHER WORDS FROM ferretfer·ret·er, nounfer·ret·y, adjectiveun·fer·ret·ed, adjectiveun·fer·ret·ing, adjective
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How to use ferret in a sentence
A decade ago, scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health used ferrets to engineer a highly lethal flu virus.
Two researchers responded and were funded, and they discovered genetic changes that regulated H5N1 transmissibility in ferrets.“We never created a supervirus.” Ralph Baric explains gain-of-function research.|Rowan Jacobsen|July 26, 2021|MIT Technology Review
His incarceration had made him less social and he was now like a lonely ferret without much to say.
Wildlife officials estimate that more than 15,000 acres of prairie dog colonies are needed to provide for a self-sustaining ferret population with 100 breeding adults.
While this majority would likely favor restoring ferrets, a relative few were able to influence decisions on the ground at Thunder Basin.
Ferret is a carefully chosen comparison, implying diligence but absolutely no imagination.
What I saw was a careful and ingenious reporter ferret out a fraud with care.Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People|James Kirchick|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That alone provides a powerful incentive for civil society to try to ferret out the numbers.U.S. Drone Program Needs to Be Accompanied by Hard Facts on Civilian Deaths|Daniel Klaidman|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They were used to ferret rebel fighters out of their strongholds.
Reich, the former American diplomat, says he thinks Morales might just be crazy enough to ferret Snowden to La Paz.Is Edward Snowden Bound for Bolivia? Evo Morales Sure Seems to Hope So|Eli Lake, Mac Margolis|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A soldier is not a conjurer that he should be handed over a fully laden ship and told to ferret out a fuse key.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2|Ian Hamilton
Where you like; there must be two or three remaining in the neighborhood, so ferret them out and bring them here.Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete|Guy de Maupassant
Oh, if he'd a notion I was within twenty miles of him, he'd ferret me out to pay off old grudges.North and South|Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
I stuck my hand down, and it was given a vicious bite by a white, pink-eyed ferret Paul was carrying there.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
He was endeavoring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a neighboring church clock struck twelve.