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1 American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae [syn: skunk, wood pussy]
2 dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened [syn: fitch, foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius]

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  • /'pɔlkæt/


Middle French pole hen + cat because of its fondness for poultry


  1. a weasel like animal of the genus Mustela, notably Mustela putorius.
  2. (US regional): a skunk


  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 61
    By the little garden pergola open to the winds some fluttered peacocks were blotted nervelessly amid the dripping trees, their heads sunk back beneath their wings: while in the pergoda itself, like a fallen storm-cloud, lolled a negress, her levelled, polecat eyes semi-veiled by the nebulous alchemy of the rainbow.



Extensive Definition

Polecat may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Cape polecat, animal, ape, bar, bear, beast, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, coon, cur, dog, ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hedgehog, hound, hyena, insect, mongrel, monk, monkey, mousehound, opossum, pig, porcupine, possum, prairie dog, quill pig, raccoon, reptile, rotten egg, serpent, skunk, snake, stink ball, stink bomb, stinkard, stinker, stinkpot, swine, varmint, vermin, viper, weasel, whelp, whistle-pig, wolverine, woodchuck, worm, zoril
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