Polecat
Polecat Pole"cat`, n. [Probably fr. F. poule hen, and originally, a poultry cat, because it feeds on poultry. See {Poultry}.] (Zo["o]l.) (a) A small European carnivore of the Weasel family ({Putorius f[oe]tidus}). Its scent glands secrete a substance of an exceedingly disagreeable odor. Called also {fitchet}, {foulmart}, and {European ferret}. (b) The zorilla. The name is also applied to other allied species. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, , , , , (Mustela putorius) / , (Mustela vison)


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