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Animal giving a growl during certain measures (6)

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ferret

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(Other definitions for ferret that I've seen before include "silk ribbon", "It digs out rabbits", "Jill perhaps", "Kind of weasel, a rabbit hunter", "Type of polecat -- or silk binding tape".)

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