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ferret

fer·ret

ferret

 
 
pronunciation:
fe rt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a domesticated, usu. albino variety of the European polecat, used in hunting rabbits, rats, and the like.
definition 2: a North American mammal that resembles a weasel and is related to the European ferret.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: ferreted, ferreting, ferrets
definition 1: to seek out or drive from cover, as if by using a hunting animal (usu. fol. by out).
We hope to ferret out the spies.
similar words:
root
definition 2: to hunt (usu. burrowing animals) using ferrets.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to search; rummage.
similar words:
root
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derivation: ferreter (n.)
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