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ferret

fer·ret

ferret

 
 
pronunciation:
fe rt
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a European polecat that has been domesticated for use in hunting rabbits and rodents.
definition 2: a small mammal with light fur and black feet. Ferrets are a kind of weasel. They live in the plains of North America, where they eat prairie dogs. The North American ferret is closely related to the European ferret or polecat.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: ferreted, ferreting, ferrets
definition 1: to use ferrets to hunt for small burrowing animals such as rabbits or rodents.
definition 2: to search for lost or hidden items or information.
The detective tried to ferret out a clue to solve the mystery.
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derivation: ferreter (n.)
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