"ferret" in the noun sense
1. black-footed ferret, ferret, Mustela nigripes
musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States nearly extinct
domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits
"ferret" in the verb sense
hound or harry relentlessly
hunt with ferrets
3. ferret out, ferret
search and discover through persistent investigation
"She ferreted out the truth"
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