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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STOAT WEASEL, n.comb. Also -wheesel. The common stoat or ermine, Mustela erminea (ne.Sc., em.Sc.(a), wm., sm. and s.Sc. 1971).Bwk. 1881 Proc. Bwk. Nat. Club IX. 427:
Stoat-weasels, in diminishing numbers, still hold their ground.
n.Sc. 1958 Scotsman (17 Feb.) 3:
In my part of the country, the name “stoat-weasel” is far more frequently used than the simple name “stoat.”
m.Sc. 1968 Scotsman (30 Nov.) Suppl. 5:
When it [a rabbit]'s chased by a stoat-wheesel.

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