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[mass noun] Fur resembling ermine but with black spots on a gold ground.
- ‘Erminois is a golden field with black spots, and pean is a black field with golden spots.’
- ‘Ermine furs are a basic field scattered with ermine spots, and are treated according to their base field color; thus ermine and erminois would be considered metal fields.’
Mid 16th century: from Old French, from hermine ermine.
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