Definition of ermines in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈərmənz/


Fur resembling ermine but with white spots on a black ground.
Example sentences
  • A field of ermines (or counter-ermine) is sable with argent spots.
  • Variations are ermines, being white spots on a black field, and erminites which are the same as ermines but with the addition of a red hair on each side of the black.


Mid 16th century: perhaps from Old French hermines, plural of herminet, diminutive of hermine 'ermine'.

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Syllabification: er·mines

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