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Definition of "ferret" []

  • A weasellike, usually albino mammal (Mustela putorius furo) related to the polecat and often trained to hunt rats or rabbits. (noun)
  • A black-footed ferret. (noun)
  • To hunt (rabbits, for example) with ferrets. (verb-transitive)
  • To drive out, as from a hiding place; expel. (verb-transitive)
  • To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used with out: "Their work merely points the way for others to ferret out the core components of all proteins” ( Natalie Angier). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ferret" in a sentence
  • "Pivot, our undescented female ferret, is two today."
  • "Telemna, our crazy silvermitt female ferret, is five today."
  • "The ferret is shortly joined by his master, a man named Dustfinger."