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the expensive fur of a mink
mink, mink coat(noun)
fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks
slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur
The fur of the mink. Together with sable, it is one of the most expensive furs not taken from endangerd species. When the fur is taken from animals grown on a farm, it called ranch mink.
(Zool.) A carnivorous mammal of the genus Mustela (foremrly Putorius), allied to the weasel. The European mink is Mustela lutreola. The common American mink (Mustela vison) varies from yellowish brown to black. Its fur is highly valued. Called also minx, nurik, and vison.
Origin: [Cf. 2d Minx.]
(plural mink) Any of various semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals, similar to weasels, with dark fur, native to Europe and America.
(plural minks) A mink coat.
Origin: Of origin.
a carnivorous mammal of the genus Putorius, allied to the weasel. The European mink is Putorius lutreola. The common American mink (P. vison) varies from yellowish brown to black. Its fur is highly valued. Called also minx, nurik, and vison
Origin: [Cf. 2d Minx.]
The two living species referred to as "mink" are the European mink and the American mink. The extinct sea mink is related to the American mink, but was much larger. All three species are dark-colored, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, which also includes the weasels, otters and ferrets. The American mink is larger and more adaptable than the European mink. It is sometimes possible to distinguish between the European and American mink; a European mink always has a large white patch on its upper lip, while the American species sometimes does not. Thus, any mink without such a patch can be identified with certainty as an American mink, but an individual with a patch cannot be certainly identified without looking at the skeleton. Taxonomically, both American and European mink used to be placed in the same genus, Mustela, but most recently the American mink has been reclassified as belonging to its own genus, Neovison. The American mink's fur has been highly prized for its use in clothing, with hunting giving way to farming. Its treatment has also been a focus of animal rights and animal welfare activism. American mink have found their way into the wild in Europe and South America, after escaping from captivity.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Carnivores of genus Mustela of the family MUSTELIDAE. The European mink, which has white upper and lower lips, was widely trapped for commercial purposes and is classified as endangered. The American mink, lacking a white upper lip, is farmed commercially.
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- visóCatalan, Valencian
- Nerz, MinkGerman
- mink, euroopa naaritsEstonian
- vesikko, minkkiFinnish
- nerts, visotterDutch
- tábąąh dlǫ́ʼiiNavajo, Navaho
- kanadska kuna, lasicaSerbo-Croatian
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