• WordNet 3.6
    • n mink slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur
    • n mink fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks
    • n mink the expensive fur of a mink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver 15; fox 15 to 25; ermine 150; chinchilla 60 to 100.
    • Mink (Zoöl) A carnivorous mammal of the genus Mustelaforemrly Putorius), allied to the weasel. The European mink is Mustela lutreola. The common American mink (Mustela vison) varies from yellowish brown to black. Its fur is highly valued. Called also minx nurik, and vison.
    • Mink The fur of the mink{1}. Together with sable, it is one of the most expensive furs not taken from endangerd species. When the fur is taken from animals grown on a farm, it called ranch mink.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mink An American digitigrade carnivorous quadruped of the family Mustelidæ, Putorius (Lutreola) vison, of semi-aquatic habits. The mink belongs to the same genus as the stoats and weasels, but to a different subgenus, its form being modified in adaptation to its aquatic habits, in which respect it approaches the otters. It was once called lesser otter. It is larger and stouter than any stoat, with shorter ears, uniformly bushy tail, and half-webbed feet; the color is rich dark chestnut-brown, blackening on the back and tail; the chin, and usually some irregular patches on the throat, breast, or belly, are white. It is 15 to 18 inches long, the tail 6 or 8 inches more. It is found everywhere in North America in suitable places; its fur is valuable, and the animal is systematically trapped, especially in British America. Like its relatives, the mink exhales a strong musky odor, and is destructive to poultry. It has been tamed, and bred in minkeries, like the ferret. The little black or mountain mink, described by Audubon and Bachman as a distinct species, P. ngrescens, is a small dark variety. The corresponding animal in Europe is P. lutreola, commonly called norz or nörz. and by its Swedish name mank (sometimes mank)— the designation European mink being a late book-name. It is much like the American mink, but its average size is smaller, and it usually has the upper lip as well as the chin white, and presents certain dental peculiarities. The Siberian mink, lately so called, is the kulon, P. sibiricus, a quite different species. Also called vison.
    • n mink Same as kingfish .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mink mingk a small quadruped of the weasel kind, valued for its fur.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. 2d Minx
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from Sw. mänk.


In literature:

In the land to the north, where fur was the thickest, And knaves were as plenty as mink or as otter.
"The Busted Ex-Texan and Other Stories" by W. H. H. Murray
Later on Tolly Tip led them to the frozen creek, where they picked up a splendid mink and an otter as well.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
Three or four sets were made for mink, also.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
So large a mink, and one so daring in curiosity, was a phenomenon to be watched and studied with care.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
In streams we tracked beaver and muskrat, besides mink for our coats in the winter.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Mink is a dead shot, and probably wire-edged with whisky and expecting me.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
I was really looking for a mink.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Then he will return to the Great Lake and trap the marten and the mink.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
The Indian in the fifth cut wears his hair long and tied up in two queues, with mink-skin pendants.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 38, No. 06, June, 1884" by Various
This is the trail of a mink.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America

In poetry:

Through the quivering prism of her body
in the music of white sparks
minks will glide past
like fluffy leaves of sleep.
"White Magic" by Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski
The beaver cut his timber
With patient teeth that day,
The minks were fish-wards, and the crows
Surveyors of highway,—
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
These, with symbolic blooms
Of wind-flower and wild-phlox,
I found among the glooms
Of hill-lost woods and rocks,
Lairs of the mink and fox.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein
Alone the dead trees yielding
To the dull axe Time is wielding,
The shy mink and the otter,
And golden leaves and red,
By countless autumns shed,
Had floated down its water.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

A Fistful of Soul at the Mink .
Raising the bar on luxury, designers have trimmed every add-on this season in dramatic mink , shearling, fox, and exotic furs.
See all past events at Mink & Arce Gallery.
Mink Meadows, the second oldest golf course on Martha's Vineyard.
Photo courtesy of Mink Meadows Golf Club.
Pink Mink performs in The Current studio (Oct 2010).
From A Mink Ranch To Family Jewels.
The missing mink coat from the Red and Black Ball has been found in pristine condition.
12 Tips October 1, 2005 By Mary Mink Loan portfolio need a boost.
White blaze, rt front sock, left 'mink' sock, black points.
Raising the bar on luxury, designers have trimmed every add-on this season in dramatic mink, shearling , fox, and exotic furs.
Wild Mink Viciously Murders Innocent Puffins at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo.
Minks describes the smoke alarm to mobile home resident Terue Anderson.
Mink Stole Talks Tennessee Williams & Her Upcoming Album.
Mink kills tufted puffins at Point Defiance Zoo.

In science:

We flux-calibrate using blue spectrophotometric standards (Massey et al. 1988), and we measure radial velocities using the cross-correlation package RVSAO (Kurtz & Mink 1998).
The ELM Survey. II. Twelve Binary White Dwarf Merger Systems
Note that mink |λk (H ) − z | = mink |λk (A)| = minx∈S n−1 kAxk2 where S n−1 denotes the Euclidean sphere in Rn .
Invertibility of symmetric random matrices
Denote P = maxk {lim sup(cid:107)Pk (cid:107)}, R = maxm{lim sup(cid:107) ˜Rm(cid:107)}, c+ = maxk {lim sup ck } and ¯c− = mink {lim inf ¯ck }, ¯c+ = maxk {lim sup ¯ck }.
Random Beamforming over Correlated Fading Channels
Identify the arm that has the smallest value of Rk , Rℓ = mink∈A Rk . 3.
Bayesian phase I/II adaptively randomized oncology trials with combined drugs
We measure radial velocities using the cross-correlation package RVSAO (Kurtz & Mink 1998).
The ELM Survey. IV. 24 White Dwarf Merger Systems