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.
ferret n. 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.
ferret n. 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.
ferret n. A kind of narrow tape, usually made of woolen; sometimes of cotton or silk; -- called also ferreting.
ferret n. 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.
ferret (m) n. tab; tag, label which instructs the computer to display the text following it in a certain way (in the programming language HTML) (Computers)
ferret n. small mammal which is bred for hunting rabbits and rats, domesticated variety of the polecat; thin ribbon of cotton or silk (for binding or trimming) v. hunt with a ferret; drive out; worry; investigate; search about; find, discover (after searching) n. tab; tag, label which instructs the computer to display the text following it in a certain way (in the programming language HTML) (Computers)