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Monday, December 20, 2010

Definitions for ferret

  1. To search out, discover, or bring to light.
  2. Domesticated, usually red-eyed, and albinic variety of the polecat.
  3. To drive out by using or as if using a ferret.

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Citations for ferret
He told us that he .had a list of all the robbers in the country, and meant to ferret out every mother's son of them ; he offered us at the same time some of his soldiers as an escort. Washington Irving, The Alhambra
A shame-just have to ferret out the book's message on their own. Philip K. Dick, The man in the high castle
Origin of ferret
Ferret originates in the Latin furonem, both "cat" and "robber." The verb form of ferret relates to the use of half-tame ferrets to kill rats and flush rabbits from burrows.