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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Hairs from her mink coat had been found in the gazebo by the pond.
▪ He is a dandy-looking dude too, with slick black ponytail and, always, a full-length mink coat.
▪ His wife, Mary Rose, slipped into a mink coat as they prepared to disembark.
▪ Somehow it sounds even more so coming from a ballerina sitting in full-length black mink coat and twiddling with diamond earrings.
▪ She had covered the mink coat with a nylon overall.
▪ But unlike the mink I had filmed the previous year, this one appeared not to be very active.
▪ Hairs from her mink coat had been found in the gazebo by the pond.
▪ Hare hunting and coursing and mink hunting do not have a big effect on the populations.
▪ He is a dandy-looking dude too, with slick black ponytail and, always, a full-length mink coat.
▪ Occasionally, the clouds, cleared and I was able to film mink scavenging along the rocky shoreline at low tide.
▪ Only a small percentage of the original 10, 000 minks survived the ordeal.
▪ You like mink, or you like sable?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mink \Mink\ (m[i^][ng]k), n. [Cf. 2d Minx.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A carnivorous mammal of the genus Mustela (foremrly Putorius), allied to the weasel. The European mink is Mustela lutreola. The common American mink ( Mustela vison) varies from yellowish brown to black. Its fur is highly valued. Called also minx, nurik, and vison.

  2. The fur of the mink[1]. Together with sable, it is one of the most expensive furs not taken from endangerd species. When the fur is taken from animals grown on a farm, it called ranch mink.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "skin or fur of the mink," from a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish menk "a stinking animal in Finland"). Applied in English to the animal itself from 1620s.


n. 1 (''plural'' '''mink''') Any of various semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals in the Mustelinae subfamily, similar to weasels, with dark fur, native to Europe and America, of which two species in different genera are extant. 2 (''plural'' '''minks''') An article of clothing made of mink.

  1. n. the expensive fur of a mink

  2. fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks [syn: mink coat]

  3. slender-bodied semiaquatic mammal having partially webbed feet; valued for its fur


There are two living species referred to as "minks": the American mink and the European mink. The extinct sea mink is related to the American mink, but was much larger. All three species are dark-colored, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, otters and ferrets. The American mink is larger and more adaptable than the European mink. Due to variations in size, an individual mink usually cannot be determined as European or American with certainty without looking at the skeleton. There is one exception to this rule: all European minks have a large white patch on their upper lip, while only some American minks do. Thus, any mink with no such patch is certainly of the American variety. Taxonomically, both American and European minks used to be placed in the same genus Mustela (" weasels"), but most recently the American mink has been reclassified as belonging to its own genus Neovison.

The American mink's fur has been highly prized for its use in clothing, with hunting giving way to farming; for instance, in Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada alone, there are around two million mink raised on ranches per year. Its treatment has also been a focus of animal rights and animal welfare activism. American mink have found their way into the wild in Europe (including Great Britain) and South America, after being released from mink farms by animal rights activists or otherwise escaping from captivity.

American mink are believed by some to have contributed to the decline of the less hardy European mink through competition (though not through hybridization—native European mink are in fact closer to polecats than to their North American cousins). Trapping is used to control or eliminate feral American mink populations.

Mink oil is used in some medical products and cosmetics, as well as to treat, preserve and waterproof leather.

Mink (singer)

mink (real name Lee Mink; 이밍크, born February 15, 1984, in Cheonghak-dong, Incheon, South Korea) is a female Korean pop singer active in Japan.

Mink (disambiguation)

Mink is a group of semi-aquatic furry mammals.

Mink may also refer to:

Mink (printer)

Mink is a 3D printing company based in New York. The company created a 3D printer allows users to select any color and print it into an eye shadow pod.

Mink was founded by Harvard grad Grace Choi and debuted at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference in May 2014. The printer combines ink with a variety of substrates to "create any type of makeup, from powders to cream to lipstick," according to Choi. All ink used by Mink is FDA-approved.

The printer was initially estimated to retail at $300.

Mink (surname)

Mink is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Ben Mink (born 1951), Canadian musician
  • Claudette Mink (born 1971), Canadian actress
  • Douglas J. Mink, American scientist
  • Graham Mink (born 1979), American ice hockey player
  • James Mink, Canadian businessman and politician
  • Len Mink, Christian evangelist and musician
  • Louis Mink (1921–1983), American philosopher of history
  • Patsy Mink (1927–2002), American politician
  • Scott Andrew Mink (1963–2004), American murderer
  • Meesha Mink, pseudonym of Niobia Bryant, an African-American novelist of romance and mainstream fiction
  • Barbara E. Mink (born 1953), American painter, educator, and founder of the Light in Winter Festival based in Ithaca, New York
  • Ken Mink (born 1935), American who, at the age of 73, is believed to be the oldest person ever to score in a college basketball game
  • Oscar Mink (1930–2004), American academic
  • Paule Mink (died 1901), born Adèle Paulina Mekarska, was a French feminist and socialist revolutionary
  • Olivér Mink (born 1970), Hungarian retired football player and football coach, currently the head coach of Hungarian first division club Pécsi MFC
  • Wilhelm Mink (disambiguation)

Usage examples of "mink".

Herbert Minks was a fine audience, attentive, delicately responsive, sympathetic, understanding, and above all--silent.

On the journey back from the City to the suburb where he lived, Minks made a sonnet on it.

With Herbert Minks at his side he might accomplish many things his heart was set upon.

And while Minks bumped down in his third-class crowded carriage to Sydenham, hunting his evasive sonnet, Henry Rogers glided swiftly in a taxi-cab to his rooms in St.

Soon afterwards the little Sydenham villa was barred and shuttered, the four children were sound asleep, Herbert and Albinia Minks both lost in the world of happy dreams that sometimes visit honest, simple folk whose consciences are clean and whose aims in life are commonplace but worthy.

Then he smiled again as he remembered Frank, the little boy whose schooling he was paying for, and realised that Minks would bring a message of gratitude from Mrs.

Au fond he had a genuine admiration for Minks, and there was something lofty in the queer personality that he both envied and respected.

For Minks hung upon the fringe of that very modern, new-fashioned, but almost freakish army that worships old, old ideals, yet insists upon new-fangled names for them.

To watch him, you would never have dreamed that Herbert Minks had ever contemplated City life, much less known ten years of drudgery in its least poetic stages.

A faint smile, that held the merest ghost of merriment, passed across the face of Minks, leaping, unobserved by his chief, from one eye to the other.

Whereupon, having done this last commission, and written it down upon a sheet of paper which he placed with care against the clock, beside the unopened letter, the session closed, and Minks, in his mourning hat and lavender gloves, walked up St.

Rogers followed him on his way to the club, and just when Minks was reflecting with pride of the well-turned phrases he had dictated to his wife for her letter of thanks, it passed across the mind of its recipient that he had forgotten to read it altogether.

He was glad the stranger was not Minks or one of his fellow directors.

Herbert Minks would have chosen for one of his poems, to describe a state of mind he, however, had never experienced himself.

And he rather astonished the imperturbable Minks next day by the announcement that he was thinking of going abroad for a little holiday.