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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ferret  \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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ferret  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ferret  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ferret  \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 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ferret 
  n  1:  ferret  of  prairie  regions  of  United  States;  nearly  extinct 
  [syn:  {black-footed  ferret},  {Mustela  nigripes}] 
  2:  domesticated  albino  variety  of  the  European  polecat  bred  for 
  hunting  rats  and  rabbits 
  v  :  search  busily;  "ferret  out  the  truth"  [syn:  {grub}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Ferret 
  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. 
 




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