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Definition of stoat
- a small carnivorous mammal of the weasel family which has chestnut fur with white underparts and a black-tipped tail. It is native to both Eurasia and North America and in northern areas the coat turns white in winter. Compare with ermine, weasel.
- Mustela erminea, family Mustelidae. North American name: short-tailed weasel
late Middle English: of unknown origin