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ermine  (ˈɜːmɪn



(plural) -mines -mine
  1. the stoat in northern regions, where it has a white winter coat with a black-tipped tail
  2. the fur of this animal
  3. one of the two principal furs used on heraldic shields, conventionally represented by a white field flecked with black ermine tails Compare vair
  4. the dignity or office of a judge, noble, or king
  5. short for ermine moth

Word Origin

C12: from Old French hermine, from Medieval Latin Armenius ( mūs) Armenian (mouse)

Example Sentences Including 'ermine'

There were Christs crucified in the ermine robes of emperors and kings.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes
The cloak that draped her from her shoulders to her knees was of white ermine , the tiny black tails swinging tassels.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
Their robes were woven of wool, richly dyed, and trimmed with white fur only: fox, ermine and tufts of ice-bear.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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