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stoat

[stoht] /stoʊt/
noun
1.
the ermine, Mustela erminea, especially when in brown summer pelage.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English stote < ?
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  • Meet the maniacal stoat, a furry little creature that hypnotizes its prey.
  • Oh, and it comes stuffed inside a squirrel or stoat.
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stoat

/stəʊt/
noun
1.
a small Eurasian musteline mammal, Mustela erminea, closely related to the weasels, having a brown coat and a black-tipped tail: in the northern parts of its range it has a white winter coat and is then known as an ermine
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for stoat
stoat
c.1460, stote "ermine in its summer coat of brown," of uncertain origin. The word bears resemblance to O.N. stutr "bull," Swed. stut "bull," Dan. stud "ox," but the sense is difficult unless a common notion is "male animal."
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