The ermine was also written about by Leonardo as a symbol of her purity.
The Countess deftly steered the lifeboat, a resolute and unlikely vision in her ermine and pearls.
It may be a visual pun on her surname, since the Greek for ermine or stoat is galay.
late 12c., from Old French ermine (12c., Modern French hermine), both the animal and the fur, apparently from a convergence of Latin (mus) Armenius "Armenian (mouse)," ermines being abundant in Asia Minor; and an unrelated Germanic word for "weasel" (cf. Old High German harmo "ermine, stoat, weasel," adj. harmin; Old Saxon harmo, Old English hearma "shrew," etc.) that happened to sound like it.