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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.]


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]



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 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
شَخْص دَنيء ، شيء قذرفأر خَيْل، إبْن عِرْس
òefvísla, illirskunkur


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


[ˈpəʊlkæt] nputois m


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


(ˈpəulkat) noun
1. a kind of large weasel.
2. (American) a skunk.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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8DA followed YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Shallow 9 Prime 10 Reaps 11 Salient 12 Bye 13 Escapade 16 Relegate 17 Pro 19 Off-peak 21 Lucre 22 Tweet 23 Riviera DOWN: 1 Ascribe 2 Japanese 3 Alas 4 Apple pie 5 Dine 6 Death 8 Wisecracker 13 Elements 14 Depicted 15 Polecat 18 Mouth 20 Feel 21 Live QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Butterflies 8 Cos 9 Vat 11 Elegant 12 Neigh 13 Add 14 Lay 15 Uplands 17 Eel 19 Page 21 Obey 23 Boar 25 Door 27 Tab 29 Ammonia 31 Put 34 Era 36 Onion 37 Crawler 38 Tie 39 Sad 40 Truck driver DOWN: 1 Bold 2 Used 3 Trample 4 Ritual 5 Lined 6 Evil 7 Saga 8 Cease 10 Thyme 16 Spa 18 Loo 20 Art 22 Bra 24 Origami 25 Depot 26 Forced 28 Beard 30 Manic 32 Unit 33 Tier 34 Else 35 Rear
THIS CHARMING photograph of a polecat with its reflection in the water earned a North Wales photographer a top award.
The project established by The Vincent Wildlife Trust (VWT), has secured PS200,000 from Woodland Trust, People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), POLECAT and PS100,000 from Chester Zoo - a proportion of PS800,000 match funding needed to finance the project.
And seeking assistance to evict a polecat above a ceiling in the U.
Lack of sleep, the desert, Indians, Cuskin's polecat kin, thirst and exhaustion make it ever more likely that Ryan's mission will end in failure.
The plucky polecat was discovered starving to death, living in a dustbin cupboard at a Birmingham house.
In most Asian countries, it's a struggle to buy any kind of beauty product thatdoesn't contain whitening t products; shower gels, moisturisers, even good old deodorant all contain ingredients to lighten the skin (a trip to Boots' equivalent there is an arduous process for us Blighty types who would rather stink like a polecat than let any of this nonsense within 100 feet of our bathrooms).