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English noun: ferret

1. ferret (animal) musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct


Synonymsblack-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes


Broader (hypernym)mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal


Member meronymgenus Mustela, Mustela

2. ferret (animal) domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits


Broader (hypernym)fitch, foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius, polecat


English verb: ferret

1. ferret (motion) hound or harry relentlessly


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)hound, hunt, trace

2. ferret (competition) hunt with ferrets


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hunt, hunt down, run, track down

3. ferret (cognition) search and discover through persistent investigation


SamplesShe ferreted out the truth.


Synonymsferret out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)discover, find









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