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ferret

a member of the family Mustelidae. The common ferret (Mustela putorius furo) is an albino variant of the European polecat M. putorius putorius. It has yellow-brown fur and pinkish-red eyes. The polecat-ferret has brown fur. A North American native, the black-footed ferret (M. nigripes) has a black face mask and brown-black markings on the tail and feet. The female ferret is called a jill, the male a hob, and the offspring, kittens. Ferrets are highly susceptible to infection by the canine distemper virus.
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Dorman, Revolt of the Provinces: The Regionalist Movement in America, 1920-1945 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993), 60, 79-80; Ferreter, Jay Sigmund's Wapsipinicon Vally, 2.
THE SEARCH for a missing ferreter became a murder hunt yesterday after a bag of blood- soaked clothes was discovered in woodland.
So, from time to time, he and his colleague call on the services of a ferreter to come and literally ferret the animals out of their burrows.
Regarding the auditor's role as a public watchdog and as a ferreter of fraud, jurors agreed with these assessments of the auditor's role, whereas the auditors clearly disagreed.
Just for good measure that day, Phil's older brother Richard won the restricted open on Ferreter.