ermine

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ermine

1. the European stoat, Mustela erminea.
2. the pelt of Mustela erminea.

ermine marks
small brown or black spots on a white section of coat surrounding one or more coronets; resembles ermine.
References in classic literature ?
When I walk out I can't hop and run; I must strut on my rear legs and wear an ermine robe
But I have known the forest and the free life, and that is why I resent being civilized all at once, against my will, and being made a King with a crown and an ermine robe.
There was Mrs Lenville, in a very limp bonnet and veil, decidedly in that way in which she would wish to be if she truly loved Mr Lenville; there was Miss Gazingi, with an imitation ermine boa tied in a loose knot round her neck, flogging Mr Crummles, junior, with both ends, in fun.
I know the Misses Osborne were excellent critics of a Cashmere shawl, or a pink satin slip; and when Miss Turner had hers dyed purple, and made into a spencer; and when Miss Pickford had her ermine tippet twisted into a muff and trimmings, I warrant you the changes did not escape the two intelligent young women before mentioned.
Lucille, after all, do you wonder that the police are looking for a woman in black with an ermine toque?
The finished shirt has a total of sixty-six ermines, so it took me a while to complete work on all the drops.