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pole·cat

 (pōl′kăt′)
n.
1.
a. A chiefly nocturnal mustelid mammal (Mustela putorius) of Europe that ejects a malodorous fluid to mark its territory and defend itself from predators. Also called fitch.
b. Either of two similar mammals, Mustela eversmanii of the Central Asian steppes, having a light brown coat with a black mask, or Vormela peregusna of Eurasia, having a mottled yellow and brown coat.
2. See skunk.

[Middle English polcat : possibly Old French poll, poule, fowl, hen; see pullet + Middle English cat, cat; see cat.]

polecat

(ˈpəʊlˌkæt)
n, pl -cats or -cat
1. (Animals) Also called (formerly): foumart or foulmart a dark brown musteline mammal, Mustela putorius, of woodlands of Europe, Asia, and N Africa, that is closely related to but larger than the weasel and gives off an unpleasant smell. See also sweet marten
2. (Animals) any of various related animals, such as the marbled polecat,Vormela peregusna
3. (Animals) US a nontechnical name for skunk1
[C14 polcat, perhaps from Old French pol cock, from Latin pullus, + cat1; from its habit of preying on poultry]

pole•cat

(ˈpoʊlˌkæt)

n., pl. -cats, (esp. collectively) -cat.
1. a European weasel, Mustela putorius, having blackish fur and ejecting a fetid fluid when attacked or disturbed. Compare ferret 1 (def. 1).
2. any of various North American skunks.
[1275–1325; Middle English polcat, perhaps = Middle French pol, poul chicken (< Latin pullus) + cat]

Polecat

Polecat is the common name for a weasel-like carnivore, but colloquially it referred to a skunk.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Polecat - American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startledpolecat - American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
Mephitis mephitis, striped skunk - most common and widespread North American skunk
hooded skunk, Mephitis macroura - of Mexico and southernmost parts of southwestern United States
badger skunk, Conepatus leuconotus, hognosed skunk, hog-nosed skunk, rooter skunk - large naked-muzzled skunk with white back and tail; of southwestern North America and Mexico
little spotted skunk, Spilogale putorius, spotted skunk - small skunk with a marbled black and white coat; of United States and Mexico
2.Polecat - dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatenedpolecat - dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal - fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
genus Mustela, Mustela - type genus of the family Mustelidae: minks and weasels
ferret - domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits
Translations
شَخْص دَنيء ، شيء قذرفأر خَيْل، إبْن عِرْس
tchořskunk
ilderskunk
hilleri
tvor
görényszkunksz
òefvísla, illirskunkur
mustella
šeškasskunkas
sesksskunkss
tchor
dihur
iller

polecat

[ˈpəʊlkæt] N (polecats or polecat (pl)) (Brit) → turón m (US) → mofeta f

polecat

[ˈpəʊlkæt] nputois m

polecat

[ˈpəʊlˌkæt] n (Brit) → puzzola (Am) → moffetta

polecat

(ˈpəulkat) noun
1. a kind of large weasel.
2. (American) a skunk.
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