mink

[mingk]
noun, plural minks (especially collectively) mink.
1.
a semiaquatic weasellike animal of the genus Mustela, especially the North American M. vison.
2.
the fur of this animal, brownish in the natural state and having lustrous outside hairs and a thick, soft undercoat.
3.
a coat, stole, etc., made of this fur.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English, of uncertain origin

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mink (mɪŋk)
 
n , pl mink, minks
1.  any of several semiaquatic musteline mammals of the genus Mustela, of Europe, Asia, and North America, having slightly webbed feet
2.  the highly valued fur of these animals, esp that of the American mink (M. vison)
3.  a garment made of this, esp a woman's coat or stole
 
[C15: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mink, Swedish mänk]

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mink
1431, "skin or fur of the mink," from a Scand. source. (cf. Swed. menk "a stinking animal in Finland"). Applied in Eng. to the animal itself from 1624.
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Example sentences
The area's populations of bobcats, bear, mink and river otter have likely
  declined.
Unlike the nine pudgy muskrats taken that day, the feel of a mink's body in the
  hand is that of a carnivore, sleek and bony.
Mink, weasel and birds of prey can be more damaging to poultry flocks left
  outdoors as well.
Take back your mink, your diamonds, and your pearls.
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