Definition of ferret noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

ferret

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BrE BrE//ˈferɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪt//
 
Wild mammals, Pets
 
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a small aggressive animal with a long thin body, kept for chasing rabbits from their holes, killing rats, etc. See related entries: Wild mammals, Pets Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French fuiret, alteration of fuiron, based on late Latin furo ‘thief, ferret’, from Latin fur ‘thief’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ferret

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