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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Er"mine
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  1. [Zoöl] A valuable fur-bearing animal of the genus Mustela (M. erminea), allied to the weasel; the stoat. It is found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. In summer it is brown, but in winter it becomes white, except the tip of the tail, which is always black.
  2. The fur of the ermine, as prepared for ornamenting garments of royalty, etc., by having the tips of the tails, which are black, arranged at regular intervals throughout the white.
  3. By metonymy, the office or functions of a judge, whose state robe, lined with ermine, is emblematical of purity and honor without stain.
  4. [Her] One of the furs. See Fur [Her]

Note: Ermine is represented by an argent field, tufted with black. Ermines is the reverse of ermine, being black, spotted or timbered with argent. Erminois is the same as ermine, except that or is substituted for argent.

Etymology: OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin, akin to Lith. szarm� szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL. armelinus armellina hermellina, and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia

verb Er"mine
To clothe with, or as with, ermine.
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  1. Mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat
  2. The expensive white fur of the ermine
Wiktionary

From Middle English ermine, ermin, ermyn, from Old French ermin, ermine, hermine.

There are two main theories for the origin of Old French ermine. Germanic origin is suggested via Old Dutch *harmino (“stoat skin”), from *harmo (“stoat, weasel”) (compare Dutch dialectal herm), from Proto-Germanic *harmǭ, *harmô (compare Old English hearma, Old High German harmo (harmin (adjective), obsolete German Harm), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱormō (compare Romansch carmun, obsolete Lithuanian šarmuõ). Romance sources identify the animal with the corresponding word for Armenian, possibly from Medieval Latin mūs Armenius (“Armenian mouse”) or a posterior compound.

  1. A weasel, Mustela erminea, found in northern latitudes; its dark brown fur turns white in winter (apart from the black tip of the tail)
  2. The white fur of this animal
  3. (poetic) A symbol of purity
  4. (figuratively) The office of a judge
  5. (heraldry) A white field with black spots

ermine was also found in the following language(s): Old French

Notable Persons Named Ermine

Eunice Gray was a brothel and hotel owner. Eunice was given the name Ermine McEntire on April 23rd, 1880 in Sweet Springs, Missouri. She left this life on January 26th, 1962.

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Ermine was born in 1871. He left this life in 1953.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 6 6 0
1884 5 5 0
1887 5 5 0
1888 5 5 0
1890 6 6 0
1891 5 5 0
1892 9 9 0
1893 5 5 0
1894 8 8 0
1895 8 8 0
1896 8 8 0
1898 8 8 0
1900 7 7 0
1902 6 6 0
1903 9 9 0
1904 7 7 0
1905 9 9 0
1906 15 9 6
1907 7 7 0
1909 6 6 0
1910 11 11 0
1912 16 16 0
1913 19 19 0
1914 18 18 0
1915 15 15 0
1916 23 18 5
1917 29 22 7
1918 19 14 5
1919 27 20 7
1920 16 16 0
1921 15 15 0
1922 13 13 0
1923 13 8 5
1924 25 20 5
1925 13 13 0
1926 20 20 0
1927 15 15 0
1928 13 13 0
1929 16 11 5
1930 11 6 5
1931 7 7 0
1932 6 6 0
1933 10 10 0
1934 17 10 7
1936 12 7 5
1939 9 9 0
1941 5 5 0
1943 5 5 0
1944 6 6 0
1947 9 9 0
1957 5 0 5
1959 7 7 0

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Fun Facts about the name Ermine

  • How Popular is the name Ermine? Ermine is the 14,738th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Ermine have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 589 babies born with the first name Ermine in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ermine to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ermine? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Ermine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ermine is Wednesday, October 4th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Ermine born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ermine was in 1917 with a total of 22 babies.
  • Random Ermine Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ermine is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Ermine: Your name in reverse order is Enimre. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Einmre. How do you pronounce that?

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  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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