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Definition of Ermine

Ermine
Ermine 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 America.
Ermine
Ermine Er"mine, v. t. To clothe with, or as with, ermine. The snows that have ermined it in the winter. --Lowell.

Meaning of Ermine from wikipedia

- The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the ermine, short-tailed weasel or simply the weasel in Ireland where the least weasel does not live, is a mammal...
- Lady with an Ermine (Italian: Dama con l'ermellino [ˈdaːma kon lermelˈliːno]; Polish: Dama z gronostajem) is a painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci...
- Ermine (/ˈɜːrmɪn/) in heraldry is a "fur", a type of tincture, consisting of a white background with a pattern of black shapes representing the winter...
- Ermine is the common name for the stoat (Mustela erminea), more especially in its white winter coat Ermine may also refer to: Ermine (heraldry), the white...
- Ermine Street is the name of a major Roman road in England that ran from London (Londinium) to Lincoln (Lindum Colonia) and York (Ebora****). The Old English...
- snout moths (Pyralidae) are also known as "ermine moths". The family Yponomeutidae are known as the ermine moths, with several hundred species, most of...
- of the Ermine may refer to; Order of the Ermine (France), a chivalric order Order of the Ermine (Naples), a chivalric order Order of the Ermine (modern)...
- Ermine is a Canadian progressive rock band composed of singer/guitarist Matt Belyea, drummer Mike Belyea and b**** guitarist Chuck Teed. Ermine was formed...
- the arms of his father as king, differenced by a label of three points ermine. He was further honoured, on 9 February 1506, by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian...
- the place name Ermine are unclear: it might have named for the first postmaster Ermine Webb, resident Ermine Hall, or resident Ermine Craft. Letcher County...
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