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E'rmine. n.s. [hermine, French, from armenius, Latin.] An animal that is found in cold countries, and which very nearly resembles a weasle is shape; having a white pile, and the tip of the tail black, and furnishing a choice and valuable fur. The fellmongers and furriers put upon it little bits of Lombardy lambskin, which is noted for its shining black colour, the better to set off the whiteness of the ermine. Trevoux.

Ermine is the fur of a little beast, about the bigness of a weasel, called Mus Armenius; for they are found in Armenia. Peacham on Blazoning.

                A lady's honour must be touch'd;
Which, nice as ermines, will not bear a soil.

Fair ermines, spotless as the snows they press. Thomson.

Sources: Dictionnaire de Trévoux (10) · Dryden, John (788) · Peacham, Henry (53) · Thomson, James (73)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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