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Meaning of FERRET

Pronunciation:  'ferit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits
  2. [n]  ferret of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct
  3. [v]  hunt with ferrets
  4. [v]  search and discover through persistent investigation; "She ferreted out the truth"
  5. [v]  hound or harry relentlessly

FERRET is a 6 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: black-footed ferret, ferret out, Mustela nigripes
 See Also: discover, find, fitch, foulmart, foumart, genus Mustela, hound, hunt, hunt, hunt down, Mustela, Mustela putorius, mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal, polecat, run, trace, track down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fer"ret\, n. [F. furet, cf. LL. furo; prob. fr. L. fur
    thief (cf. {Furtive}); cf. Arm. fur wise, sly.] (Zo["o]l.)
    An animal of the Weasel family ({Mustela or Putorius furo}),
    about fourteen inches in length, of a pale yellow or white
    color, with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been
    domesticated in Europe. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits and
    rats out of their holes.
  2. \Fer"ret\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ferreted}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Ferreting}.] [Cf. F. fureter. See {Ferret}, n.]
    To drive or hunt out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the
    cony; to search out by patient and sagacious efforts; --
    often used with out; as, to ferret out a secret.
          Master Fer! I'll fer him, and firk him, and ferret him.
  3. \Fer"ret\, n. [Ital. foretto, dim. of fiore flower; or F.
    fleuret. Cf. {Floret}.]
    A kind of narrow tape, usually made of woolen; sometimes of
    cotton or silk; -- called also {ferreting}.
  4. \Fer"ret\, n. [F. feret, dim. or fer iron, L. ferrum.]
    (Glass Making)
    The iron used for trying the melted glass to see if is fit to
    work, and for shaping the rings at the mouths of bottles.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a ferret in your dream, symbolizes distrust and suspicion of others. The dream may also be a pun on searching.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Lev. 11:30 (R.V., "gecko"), one of the unclean creeping things. It was perhaps the Lacerta gecko which was intended by the Hebrew word (anakah, a cry, "mourning," the creature which groans) here used, i.e., the "fan-footed" lizard, the gecko which makes a mournful wail. The LXX. translate it by a word meaning "shrew-mouse," of which there are three species in Palestine. The Rabbinical writers regard it as the hedgehog. The translation of the Revised Version is to be preferred.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: ape, Argus, bar, bear, Cape polecat, cat, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, coon, eagle, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hawk, hedgehog, lynx, monk, monkey, mousehound, opossum, polecat, porcupine, possum, prairie dog, quill pig, raccoon, skunk, weasel, whistle-pig, wolverine, woodchuck, zoril