(Erl"king`) n. [G. erlkönig, fr. Dan. ellekonge elfking.] A personification, in German and Scandinavian
mythology, of a spirit or natural power supposed to work mischief and ruin, esp. to children.
(Erme) v. i. [OE. ermen, AS. yrman. Cf. Yearn.] To grieve; to feel sad. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Er"me*lin Er"mi*lin) , n. (Zoöl.) See Ermine. Shenstone.
(Er"min) n. [OF. Ermin, L. Armenius.] An Armenian. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Er"mine) n. [OF. ermine, F. hermine, prob. of German origin; cf. OHG. harmo, G. hermelin,
akin to Lith. szarm, szarmonys, weasel, cf. AS. hearma; but cf. also LL. armelinus, armellina, hermellina,
and pellis Armenia, the fur of the Armenian rat, mus Armenius, the animal being found also in Armenia.]
1. (Zoöl.) A valuable fur-bearing animal of the genus Mustela (M. erminea), allied to the weasel; the
stoat. It is found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. In summer it is brown, but in winter
it becomes white, except the tip of the tail, which is always black.
2. The fur of the ermine, as prepared for ornamenting garments of royalty, etc., by having the tips of the
tails, which are black, arranged at regular intervals throughout the white.
3. By metonymy, the office or functions of a judge, whose state robe, lined with ermine, is emblematical
of purity and honor without stain. Chatham.
4. (Her.) One of the furs. See Fur (Her.)
Ermine is represented by an argent field, tufted with black. Ermines is the reverse of ermine, being
black, spotted or timbered with argent. Erminois is the same as ermine, except that or is substituted
Ermine moth (Zoöl.), a white moth with black spots (esp. Yponomeuta padella of Europe); so called
on account of the resemblance of its covering to the fur of the ermine; also applied to certain white bombycid
moths of America.
(Er"mine), v. t. To clothe with, or as with, ermine.
The snows that have ermined it in the winter.Lowell.