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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.
References in classic literature ?
This guide was our friend Peppino, who dashed into the thicket of high weeds, through a path which none but lizards or polecats could have imagined to be an open road.
Look at the Mustela vison of North America, which has webbed feet and which resembles an otter in its fur, short legs, and form of tail; during summer this animal dives for and preys on fish, but during the long winter it leaves the frozen waters, and preys like other polecats on mice and land animals.
This commissary was a man of very repulsive mien, with a pointed nose, with yellow and salient cheek bones, with eyes small but keen and penetrating, and an expression of countenance resembling at once the polecat and the fox.
In general appearance, the Zorillo resembles a polecat, but it is rather larger, and much thicker in proportion.
TWENTY-SIX goldfish, a Chinese water dragon, a puffin and five European polecats are just some of the 8,500 animals rescued by the RSPCA in Wales last year.
From Amazon parrots to a Chinese water dragon, from a lovebird to polecats, in 2014, a total of 8,537 animals were rescued in Wales by the UK animal welfare charity.
From Amazon parrots to a Chinese water dragon, from a lovebird to polecats, in 2014 a total of 8,537 animals were rescued in Wales by the UK animal welfare charity.
In Britain, for example, red kites, polecats and some butterflies have increased their numbers and ranges, but farmland birds, pollinating insects and hedgehogs have suffered declines.
They are The ThrowDown Band from Boston, The Cannibal Ramblers (a duo from Boston/Providence) and The Ten Foot Polecats ( a "high-octane'' trio from Boston that regularly plays in the Worcester area).
com/tour/tickets/id/73 GEORGIAN THEATRE, STOCKTON: The Polecats, 8pm, tickets PS11/PS15 WHITBY PAVILION, WHITBY: Whitby Blues Festival, 2pm-10pm, www.
They'll be joined on the day by polecats, owls, ferrets, snakes and hedgehogs.
The vast majority of sightings lodged with the trust turn out to be polecats, mink, stoats and even foxes.