Mink Mink (m[i^][ng]k), n. [Cf. 2d {Minx}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The fur of the mink[1]. 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}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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