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FER'RET, n.

1. An animal of the genus Mustela, or Weasel kind, about 14 inches in length, of a pale yellow color with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been introduced into Europe. It cannot however bear cold, and cannot subsist even in France, except in a domestic state. Ferrets are used to catch rabbits.

2. A kind of narrow woolen tape.

3. Among glass makers, the iron used to try the melted matter, to see if it is fit to work, and to make the rings at the mouths of bottles.

FER'RET, v.t. To drive out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the coney.




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FER'RET, n.

1. An animal of the genus Mustela, or Weasel kind, about 14 inches in length, of a pale yellow color with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been introduced into Europe. It cannot however bear cold, and cannot subsist even in France, except in a domestic state. Ferrets are used to catch rabbits.

2. A kind of narrow woolen tape.

3. Among glass makers, the iron used to try the melted matter, to see if it is fit to work, and to make the rings at the mouths of bottles.

FER'RET, v.t. To drive out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the coney.


FER'RET, n. [D. vret; Fr. furet; G. frett, or frettchen, or frettwiesel; W. fured; Ir. firead; Sp. huron; It. furetto. Fur in W. is subtil, penetrating, cunning.]

  1. An animal of the genus Mustela, or Weasel kind, about inches in length, of a pale yellow color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been introduced into Europe. It can not however bear cold, and can not subsist even in France, except in a domestic state. Ferrets are used to catch rabbits. Encyc.
  2. A kind of narrow woolen tape.
  3. Among glass makers, the iron used to try the melted matter, to see if it is fit to work, and to make the rings at the mouths of bottles. Encyc.

FER'RET, v.t.

To drive out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony. Johnson. Heylin.


Fer"ret
  1. An animal of the Weasel family (Mustela or Putorius furo), about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been domesticated in Europe. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits and rats out of their holes.
  2. To drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the cony] to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; -- often used with out; as, to ferret out a secret.

    Master Fer! I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him. Shak.

  3. A kind of narrow tape, usually made of woolen; sometimes of cotton or silk; -- called also ferreting.
  4. The iron used for trying the melted glass to see if is fit to work, and for shaping the rings at the mouths of bottles.
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Ferret

FER'RET, noun

1. An animal of the genus Mustela, or Weasel kind, about 14 inches in length, of a pale yellow color with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been introduced into Europe. It cannot however bear cold, and cannot subsist even in France, except in a domestic state. Ferrets are used to catch rabbits.

2. A kind of narrow woolen tape.

3. Among glass makers, the iron used to try the melted matter, to see if it is fit to work, and to make the rings at the mouths of bottles.

FER'RET, verb transitive To drive out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the coney.

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