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ermine (ˈɜːmɪn Pronunciation for ermine



(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'

"I don't want to step out on stage with someone wearing a %$ @ coronet and sporting the old ermine.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Here is magnificence gleaming steel armour, an ermine cloak, the scarlet and gold of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
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)
The largest encampment, where Charles's great banner of a white ermine flew, was to the east.
Bernard Cornwell VAGABOND
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)
There were Christs crucified in the ermine robes of emperors and kings.
O'Connor, Joe Desperadoes


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