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Fur resembling ermine but with white spots on a black ground.‘A field of ermines (or counter-ermine) is sable with argent spots.’‘Variations are ermines, being white spots on a black field, and erminites which are the same as ermines but with the addition of a red hair on each side of the black.’
Mid 16th century perhaps from Old French hermines, plural of herminet, diminutive of hermine ‘ermine’.
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