Definition of ermines in English:

ermines

noun

mass nounHeraldry
  • Fur resembling ermine but with white spots on a black ground.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A field of ermines (or counter-ermine) is sable with argent spots.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps from Old French hermines, plural of herminet, diminutive of hermine ‘ermine’.

Pronunciation

ermines

/ˈəːmɪnz/