The definition of a ferret is a small animal with a long, slender body, short legs and a long tail, often kept as a pet.(noun)
An example of a ferret is a pet weasel.
Ferret means a narrow ribbon of fabric.(noun)
An example of a ferret is a strap over the shoulder of a dress.
Ferret is defined as to search for, or to force out of hiding.(verb)
See ferret in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < It fioretti, floss silk, orig. pl. of fioretto, dim. of fiore, a flower < L flos, flower
Origin: ME feret < OFr furet < LL furetus, dim. of furo, a ferret < L fur, thief: see furtive
See ferret in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English furet, ferret
Origin: , from Old French furet
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *fūrittus
Origin: , diminutive of Latin fūr, thief; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Probably alteration of Italian fioretti, floss silk
Origin: , pl. of fioretto, diminutive of fiore, flower
Origin: , from Latin flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
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