fitchet
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]

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  • Fitchet — Fitch et, Fitchew Fitch ew, n. [Cf. OF. fisseau, fissel, OD. fisse, visse, vitsche, D. vies nasty, loathsome, E. fizz.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European polecat ({Putorius f[oe]tidus}). See {Polecat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fitchet — This unusual surname is a diminutive of Fitch, which has had varying suggestions as to its origin. The most likely, however, is French, from a metonymic occupational name for a workman who used an iron pointed implement, derived from the Old… …   Surnames reference

  • fitchet — ˈfichə̇t noun or fitchet weasel ( s) Etymology: fitch (II) + et : polecat 1a …   Useful english dictionary

  • fitchet — noun Date: 1535 polecat 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Fitchet — 13th to mid 16th century vertical slits in the cotehardie through which the hands were passed either for lifting the gown whilst walking or to allow access to the gown underneath and the pouch suspended from the girdle or belt …   Medieval glossary

  • fitchet — fitch·et …   English syllables

  • fitchet —  a pole cat. Warwicks …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • fitchet weasel — noun see fitchet …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fitchew — Fitchet Fitch et, Fitchew Fitch ew, n. [Cf. OF. fisseau, fissel, OD. fisse, visse, vitsche, D. vies nasty, loathsome, E. fizz.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European polecat ({Putorius f[oe]tidus}). See {Polecat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Putorius foetidus — Fitchet Fitch et, Fitchew Fitch ew, n. [Cf. OF. fisseau, fissel, OD. fisse, visse, vitsche, D. vies nasty, loathsome, E. fizz.] (Zo[ o]l.) The European polecat ({Putorius f[oe]tidus}). See {Polecat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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