• WordNet 3.6
    • n ermine mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat
    • n ermine the expensive white fur of the ermine
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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.
    • Ermine (Zoöl) A valuable fur-bearing animal of the genus Mustela (M. erminea), allied to the weasel; the stoat. It is found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. In summer it is brown, but in winter it becomes white, except the tip of the tail, which is always black.
    • Ermine By metonymy, the office or functions of a judge, whose state robe, lined with ermine, is emblematical of purity and honor without stain.
    • Ermine (Her) One of the furs. See Fur Her
    • Ermine The fur of the ermine, as prepared for ornamenting garments of royalty, etc., by having the tips of the tails, which are black, arranged at regular intervals throughout the white.
    • v. t Ermine To clothe with, or as with, ermine. "The snows that have ermined it in the winter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ermine The stoat, Putorius erminea, a small, slender, short-legged carnivorous quadruped of the weasel family, Mustelidæ, and order Feræ, found throughout the northerly and cold temperate parts of the northern hemisphere. The term is specially applied to the condition of the animal when it is white with a black tip to the tail, a change from the ordinary reddish-brown color, occurring in winter in most latitudes inhabited by the animal. The ermine is a near relative of the weasel, the ferret, and the European polecat, all of which belong to the same genus. There are several allied species or varieties of the stoat which turn white in winter and yield a fur known as ermine. The ermine fur of commerce is chiefly obtained from northern Europe, Siberia, and British America, and is in great request. See stoat.
    • n ermine In entomology, one of several arctiid moths: so called by English collectors. The buff ermine is Arctia lubricipeda; the water-ermine is A. urticæ.
    • n ermine The fur of the ermine, especially as prepared for ornamental purposes, by having the black of the tail inserted at regular intervals so that it contrasts with the pure white of the fur. The fur, with or without the black spots, is used for lining and facing certain official and ceremonial garments, especially, in England, the robes of judges.
    • n ermine Hence The office or dignity of a judge, and especially the perfect rectitude and fairness of mind essential to the judge's office: as, he kept his ermine unspotted.
    • n ermine In heraldry, one of the furs, represented with its peculiar spots black on a while ground (argent, Spots sable). The black spots are indeterminate in number. In some cases a single spot suffices for one surface: thus, in a mantling ermine the dags have each one spot in the middle. Abbreviated er.
    • ermine To cover with or as with ermine.
    • n ermine An Armenian.
    • ermine In heraldry, composed of four ermine spots: said of a cross so formed. This cross is always sable on a field argent, and this need not be mentioned in the blazon; it is also blazoned four ermine spots in cross.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ermine ėr′min a well-known carnivore belonging to the genus which includes polecat, weasel, ferret, &c
    • Ermine its white fur often used as an emblem of purity: ermine fur used for the robes of judges and magistrates
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  • John Dryden
    “Woman's honor is nice as ermine; it will not bear a soil.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “When the spotless ermine of the judicial robe fell on John Jay, it touched nothing less spotless than itself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm, szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma,; but cf. also LL. armelinus, armellina, hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian, rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia,


In literature:

From my fur, when I am dead, comes the imperial ermine.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
The peers, robed in gold and ermine, were marshaled by the heralds under Garter King-at-arms.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
This garment was embroidered with golden leopards and trimmed with ermine.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
Besides hunting foxes, we were to trap ermines and kill white hares, for I wanted to have a rug of their skins.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
With an ermine border, and a plume of peacock feathers, And a silver circlet, and a sapphire on your shoe?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, March 22, 1916" by Various
The judge there had his ermine and his canopy, his large salary and his seat of honour.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Such furs as ermine and miniver were kept for the great people; for there were curious rules and laws about dress in those days.
"Our Little Lady" by Emily Sarah Holt
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Doc had a mock-ermine robe and a huge gilt papier-mache crown.
"No Great Magic" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
There go the gold and the silver, the sables and ermines.
"Aucassin and Nicolette translated from the Old French" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Hides it 'neath ermined robes, which she
Hath borrowed from some wintry quean,
Instead of dancing on the green—
A village maiden fair and free.
"To June. Written After An Ungenial May" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I read of the ermine to-day,
Of the ermine who will not step
By the feint of a step in the mire,—
The creature who will not stain
Her garment of wild, white fire;
"The Ermine" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Cloak her in ermine, for the night is cold,
And wrap her warmly, for the night is long;
In pious hands the flaming torches hold,
While her attendants, chosen from among
"Elegy on a Lady, whom Grief for the Death of her Betrothed Killed" by Robert Seymour Bridges
In her ermine cloak of state
She sitteth at the gate
Of some winter-prisoned princess in her palace by the Po;
Who dares not to come forth
Till back unto the North
Flies the beautiful besieger—the Spirit of the Snow.
"The Spirit Of The Snow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
One hand o' the dead king liveth (e'en so him seemeth)
On the purple robe, on the ermine that folds his breast
Cold, very cold. Yet e'en at that pass esteemeth
The king, it were sweet if she kissed the place of its rest.
"The Sleep of Sigismund" by Jean Ingelow
You've worn the judge's ermined robe;
You've taught your name to half the globe;
You've sung mankind a deathless strain;
You've made the dead past live again:
The world may call you what it will,
But you and I are Joe and Bill.
"Bill and Joe" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

2012 Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon honors Kevser Ermin .
A bike ride will start at the Lyceum on Sunday at 2:17 pm in memory of Kevser Ermin who was struck down by a car while riding her bike on Old Sardis Road one year ago.
Memorial ride set Sunday for Ermin .
Ermine Brings $1.3 Million at Keeneland.
Ermine in the Keeneland barn area prior to selling for $1.3 million on Nov 3.
Ermine , winner of the 2007 Apple Blossom Handicap (gr.
During the Korean War, the US Government drafted Paynesville farmboy Ermin Albrecht, who served his country in the airborne infantry, better known as paratroopers.
Bark beetles and old age have damaged Leonardo da Vinci 's 15th-century painting "Lady with an Ermine," but the masterpiece is still holding up well, according to a conservationist at the Polish museum where it is displayed.
You wear ermine & a silly hat, get treated really well in restaurants and upgraded at the airport.
Snowy white in winter, ermines constantly seek food.
LAKE PLACID — The Lawrence family of Lake Placid has been getting a relatively rare treat this winter as an ermine has visited their property several times.
In Alaska we have two varieties of weasels - or ermines.
Her parents were the late Herman and Ermine Hensley.
Last fall's death of cyclist Kevser Ermin on Highway 314 is apparently a closed case, but News Editor Jonathan Scott still has questions about the incident.
Ermine Leads Go For Wand Field.

In science:

As a result, the rate in the general field of space is poorly det ermined from Evans’ data.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
For finitely many indet erminates, the algorithm always terminates in the commutative case (by Dickson’s Lemma); in the noncommutative setting, this cannot be guaranteed in general.
Symbolic Analysis for Boundary Problems: From Rewriting to Parametrized Gr\"obner Bases
Furthermore, multivariate complexity analysis might offer a way to tackle the PO S S I BL E W INNER problem for voting systems for which the “normal” winner det ermination is already NP-hard.
Towards a Dichotomy for the Possible Winner Problem in Elections Based on Scoring Rules