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Meaning of ERMINE

Pronunciation:  'urmin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat
  2. [n]  the expensive white fur of the ermine

ERMINE is a 6 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: Mustela erminea, shorttail weasel
 See Also: fur, pelt, stoat, weasel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Er"mine\, n. [OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German
    origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm?,
    szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL.
    armelinus, armellina, hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur
    of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found
    also in Armenia.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) A valuable fur-bearing animal of the genus
       Mustela ({M. erminea}), allied to the weasel; the stoat.
       It is found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and
       America. In summer it is brown, but in winter it becomes
       white, except the tip of the tail, which is always black.
    2. The fur of the ermine, as prepared for ornamenting
       garments of royalty, etc., by having the tips of the
       tails, which are black, arranged at regular intervals
       throughout the white.
    3. By metonymy, the office or functions of a judge, whose
       state robe, lined with ermine, is emblematical of purity
       and honor without stain. --Chatham.
    4. (Her.) One of the furs. See {Fur} (Her.)
    Note: Ermine is represented by an argent field, tufted with
          black. Ermines is the reverse of ermine, being black,
          spotted or timbered with argent. Erminois is the same
          as ermine, except that or is substituted for argent.
    {Ermine moth} (Zo["o]l.), a white moth with black spots (esp.
       {Yponomeuta padella} of Europe); -- so called on account
       of the resemblance of its covering to the fur of the
       ermine; also applied to certain white bombycid moths of
  2. \Er"mine\, v. t.
    To clothe with, or as with, ermine.
          The snows that have ermined it in the winter. --Lowell.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are wearing an ermine means your quest for wealth and wants will lead to misery. Seeing others wearing ermine indicates that you will be associated with wealthy people who have a distinct taste for art and literature.
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