Ferret en


Ferret meaning

The ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae. They typically have brown, black, white, or mixed fur. They have an average length of 51 cm (20 in) including a 13 cm (5.1 in) tail, weigh about 1.5–4 pounds (0.7–2 kg), and have a natural lifespan of 7 to 10 years. Ferrets are sexually dimorphic predators with males being substantially larger than females. Several other Mustelids also have the word ferret in their common names, including an endangered species, the black-footed ferret.


  1. (noun) The iron used for trying the melted glass to see if is fit to work, and for shaping the rings at the mouths of bottles.
  2. (noun) An animal of the Weasel family (Mustela / Putorius furo), about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been domesticated in Europe. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits and rats out of their holes.
  3. (noun) A kind of narrow tape, usually made of woolen; sometimes of cotton or silk; -- called also ferreting.
  4. (noun) To drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony; to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; -- often used with out; as, to ferret out a secret.
Word: fer·ret
Pronunciation of ferret: 'fer-&t
Function of ferret: noun
Origin of ferret: Middle English furet, ferret, from Middle French furet, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin furittus, literally, little thief, diminutive of Latin fur thief -- more at FURTIVE
1 : a domesticated usually albino animal (Mustela putorius furo) that is descended from the European polecat
2 : an active and persistent searcher
- fer·rety /-&-tE/ adjective