It is a native of Northern Europe and Siberia, and is also of the genus mustela.
"Astoria Or, Anecdotes Of An Enterprise Beyond The Rocky Mountains" by Washington Irving
This cannot be the mustela of the antients, which is supposed to be the sea lamprey.
"Travels Through France and Italy" by Tobias Smollett
THE ANJING-AYER, Mustela lutra.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Mustela marina called by some a wesell ling which salted and dryed becomes a good Lenten dish.
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne" by Thomas Browne