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stoat

(Encyclopedia) stoat stōt [key], European name for the short-tailed weasel , Mustela erminea, also called ermine when in its white winter phase.

ermine

(Encyclopedia) ermine, name for a number of northern species of weasel having white coats in winter, and highly prized for their white fur. It most commonly refers to the white…

protective coloration

(Encyclopedia) protective coloration, coloration or color pattern of an animal that affords it protection from observation either by its predators or by its prey. The most widespread…

weasel

(Encyclopedia) weasel, name for certain small, lithe, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae (weasel family). Members of this family are generally characterized by long bodies and…

kiwi

(Encyclopedia) kiwi kē´wē [key] or apteryx ăp´tərĭks [key], common name for the smallest member of an order of primitive flightless birds related to the ostrich , the…

Brian Jacques Biography

authorBorn: 6/15/1939Birthplace: Liverpool, EnglandDied: 2/5/2011 (Liverpool, England) The son of an Irish truck driver and his wife, Brian Jacques left…

Brewer's: Ermine

or Hermine. Littré derives the word from Armenia, and says it is the “Pontic rat” mentioned by Pliny; if so, the better spelling would be “Armine.” Prof. Skeat derives the word from the…

Words of Five Letters

Try the Find a Word: Crossword Search Abode of dead: Babylonian, ARALUAborigine: Borneo, DAYAKAftersong, EPODEAloe, AGAVEAnimal: Footless, APODEAnt, EMMETAntelope: African, ADDAX, BEISA,…

Lewis & Clark: Winter among the Mandans

by NoahBrooks From the Tetons to the MandansFrom Fort Mandan to the YellowstoneWinter among the Mandans Before finally selecting the spot on which to build their winter…

Winter among the Mandans

Chapter 5 Chapter 7 Winter among the Mandans Before finally selecting the spot on which to build their winter quarters, Lewis and Clark held councils with the chiefs of the…