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Definition of ferret
- 1a domesticated polecat used chiefly for catching rabbits. It is typically albino in coloration, but sometimes brown. See polecat-ferret.
- Mustela furo, family Mustelidae; descended mainly from the European polecat
verb (ferrets, ferreting, ferreted)
late Middle English: from Old French fuiret, alteration of fuiron, based on late Latin furo 'thief, ferret', from Latin fur 'thief'