stoat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stoat the ermine in its brown summer coat with black-tipped tail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stoat (Zoöl) The ermine in its summer pelage, when it is reddish brown, but with a black tip to the tail. The name is sometimes applied also to other brown weasels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stoat The ermine, Putorius erminea, and other members of that genus when not specified by distinctive names. See ermine, weasel, mink, fitchew, polecat, ferrer. Stoat more particularly designates the animal in ordinary summer pelage, when it is dull mahogany-brown above, and pale sulphur-yellow below, with the tail black-tipped as in winter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stoat stōt a kind of weasel, called the ermine when in its winter dress
    • Stoat Also Stote
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stot, a stoat, horse, bullock; perhaps originally only of male animals, and akin to D. stooten, to push, E. stutter,; cf. Icel. sttr, a bull, Sw. stut, a bullock. Cf. Stot

Usage

In literature:

These weasels often hunt in packs like the British stoat.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Sec, the stoat (Treasurer).
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
Looking up, he saw two stoats leaning over the parapet of the bridge and watching him with great glee.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
The ermine (sometimes called stoat) is somewhat larger than the common weasel, but not unlike it in its habits.
"Harper's Young People, May 25, 1880" by Various
He watched her with deferential interest as he would watch a stoat playing.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Weasels, stoats, and ferrets will creep in at a very small crevice.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
But neither stoat nor weasel learned of his new abode.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
Then she came to a heap of stones, and there stood a stoat and peeped out.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
Four, five, and Dick began to think it was a stoat or weasel from which the rabbit had fled.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
He's as set as a hill, as tough as an old oak limb, and as cussed as a stoat.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
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In poetry:

`When the lean hare nibbles the birch—tree bark,
And the stoat grows lank and thin,
And the cubs of the vixen prowl the dark,
And the gossips sit and spin;
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
How did you do them in? Come, don't be shy:
You know I love to hear how Germans die,
Downstairs in dug-outs. "Camerad!" they cry;
Then squeal like stoats when bombs begin to fly.
"Atrocities" by Siegfried Sassoon
From under the crunch of my man's boot
green oat-sprouts jut;
he names a lapwing, starts rabbits in a rout
legging it most nimble
to sprigged hedge of bramble,
stalks red fox, shrewd stoat.
"Ode For Ted" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

A stoat (also known as a weasel) carrying a lemming in Greenland .
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