Pronunciation key

( ũrmin )


n. [pl. ERMINES (-minz), ERMINE].

[ME.; OFr. ermine, hermine; prob. < MHG. hermin, erminelike. OHG. harmo, weasel (AS. hearma; < confused with L. (mus Armenius, Armenian mouse.].

Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Chordata – chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata – vertebrates
Class Mammalia Linnaeus, 1758 – mammals
Subclass Theria Parker and Haswell, 1897
Infraclass Eutheria Gill, 1872
Order Carnivora Bowdich, 1821 – carnivores
Suborder Caniformia Kretzoi, 1938 – dog-like carnivores
Family Mustelidae Fischer, 1817 – mustelids
Subfamily Mustelinae Fischer, 1817 – wolverines, martens, weasels
Genus Mustela Linnaeus, 1758 – ermines, ferrets, minks, weasels
Species Mustela erminea Linnaeus, 1758 – Ermine, hermine
Mustela erminea, Linnaeus, 1758, Taxonomic Serial No.: 180555
  1. Several weasels of northern regions whose fur is brown during the summer and turns white with a black tip on its tail during winter. Also called a Stoat.
  2. The soft white fur of this animal used in trimming of apparel, etc.
  3. Position, rank or functions of a judge in which the state robe is trimmed with ermine as a symbolism of purity and honor. Such as, they have worn the ermine for 10 years.
  4. In heraldry, the representation of fur consisting of a white field with black spots.


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Mustela erminea, Linnaeus, 1758, Taxonomic Serial No.: 180555
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