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a domesticated polecat kept as a pet or used, especially in Europe, for catching rabbits. It is typically albino or brown.
- Mustela putorius furo, family Mustelidae; descended mainly from the European polecat
(black-footed ferret) a rare weasellike animal (Mustela nigripes), found in grassland in the US.
verb (ferrets, ferreting, ferreted)
[no object] (of a person) hunt with ferrets, typically for rabbits. clear (a hole or area of ground) of rabbits with ferrets. [with adverbial of place] look around in a place or container in search of something:he went to the desk and ferreted around [with object]
(ferret something out
) search tenaciously for and find something:she had the ability to ferret out the facts