stoat

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A stoat
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stoat (plural stoats)

  1. Mustela erminea, the ermine or short-tailed weasel, a mustelid native to Eurasia and North America, distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip.
    • 1886, Transactions of the Edinburgh Naturalists' Field Club, Volume 1, page 135,
      I have never seen Stoats hunt in packs, but it is certain both Weasels and Stoats do so.
    • 2003, John Long, Introduced Mammals of the World: Their History, Distribution and Influence, page 272,
      In 1953 it was reported that the stoat had increased to a high population level, but that the weasel introduced at the same time had disappeared (de Vos et al. 1956).
    • 2005, T. C. R. White, Why Does the World Stay Green?: Nutrition and Survival of Plant-eaters, page 91,
      European stoats were long ago introduced to New Zealand (along with ferrets and weasels!) in the mistaken belief that they would control the burgeoning populations of introduced rabbits.

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