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Scarf with mink tails
MFA# 1979.441b


A weasel-like animal originally found in both North America (Mustela vison) and Eurasia (Mustela lutreola). Mink fur is usually deep brown in color with a white underbelly. The thick, silky pelts are used commercially for coats, stoles, and trim.

Synonyms and Related Terms

America (Mustela vison); Eurasia (Mustela lutreola); Nerze (Deut.); maenk (Sven.); vison (Fr.); minx; minkes

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Resources and Citations

  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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