ermelin

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • ermilin

EtymologyEdit

From German Hermelin (ermine), from Middle High German hermelin, from Old High German harmilī, harmilīn (weasel), diminutive of Old High German harmo (ermine, stoat, weasel), from Proto-Germanic *harmô (weasel). Cognate with Italian ermellino (ermine), from the same Germanic source. More at ermine.

NounEdit

ermelin (plural ermelins)

  1. (obsolete) An ermine.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii:
      And on his shield enueloped seuenfold / He bore a crowned litle Ermilin [...].
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