Ferret - (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)
1. An animal of the genus Mustela, or Weasel kind, about 14 inches in length, of a pale yellow color with red eyes. It is a native of Africa, but has been introduced into Europe. It cannot however bear cold, and cannot subsist even in France, except in a domestic state. Ferrets are used to catch rabbits.
2. A kind of narrow woolen tape.
3. Among glass makers, the iron used to try the melted matter, to see if it is fit to work, and to make the rings at the mouths of bottles.
FER'RET, v.t. To drive out of a lurking place, as a ferret does the coney.