British pronunciation/mˈɪŋk/
American pronunciation/ˈmɪŋk/

a small semiaquatic wild mammal with a dark coat and long body, native to North America and Eurasia

What is a "mink"?


The mink is a small carnivorous mammal that belongs to the Mustelidae family, which also includes animals such as weasels, otters, and badgers. Minks have slender bodies, short legs, and a long, sleek, and waterproof fur coat that is typically dark brown in color, though some species may have lighter or even white fur. They have a pointed snout, small ears, and sharp teeth. Minks are known for their exceptional swimming and diving abilities, with their partially webbed feet and streamlined bodies allowing them to move efficiently in water. They are skilled hunters, preying on a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, small mammals, and birds. Minks are adaptable and can be found in various habitats, including freshwater and saltwater environments, marshes, and forests, across North America, Europe, and Asia. They are solitary and primarily nocturnal animals, often hunting and foraging during the twilight hours. Minks have been farmed for their valuable fur, which is used in the production of clothing and accessories, and have also been introduced to some regions for fur farming purposes.


fur coat made from the soft lustrous fur of minks


the expensive fur of a mink

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