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stoat

[stoht]
noun
  1. the ermine, Mustela erminea, especially when in brown summer pelage.
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Origin of stoat

1425–75; late Middle English stote < ?
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stoat

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
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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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