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skunk

 (skŭngk)
n.
1.
a. Any of several small omnivorous mammals of the Americas belonging to the family Mephitidae, having a bushy tail and black fur with white markings and ejecting a foul-smelling oily liquid from glands near the anus when threatened. Also called polecat.
b. The glossy black and white fur of any of these mammals.
2. Slang A person regarded as obnoxious or despicable.
3. Slang Marijuana.
tr.v. skunked, skunk·ing, skunks Slang
1. To spray with the foul-smelling liquid of a skunk: The dog got skunked.
2.
a. To defeat overwhelmingly, especially by keeping from scoring.
b. To cause to have no success trying to catch fish. Used in the passive.
3.
a. To cheat (someone).
b. To fail to pay (an amount due).

[Of Massachusett origin, ultimately from Proto-Algonquian *šeka·kwa : *šek-, urine + *-a·kw, fox, bushy-tailed animal.]
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skunk

(skʌŋk)
n, pl skunks or skunk
1. (Animals) any of various American musteline mammals of the subfamily Mephitinae, esp Mephitis mephitis (striped skunk), typically having a black and white coat and bushy tail: they eject an unpleasant-smelling fluid from the anal gland when attacked
2. informal a despicable person
3. (Recreational Drugs) slang a strain of cannabis smoked for its exceptionally powerful psychoactive properties
vb
(tr) slang US and Canadian to defeat overwhelmingly in a game
[C17: from Algonquian; compare Abnaki segākw skunk]
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skunk

(skʌŋk)

n., pl. skunks, (esp. collectively) skunk, n.
1. any of several bushy-tailed New World members of the weasel family, having a black coat with white markings and spraying a fetid defensive fluid.
2. a thoroughly contemptible person.
v.t.
3. to defeat thoroughly in a game, esp. to keep scoreless.
4. to cheat; swindle (usu. fol. by out).
Slang.
[1625–35, Amer.; < Algonquian]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skunk - a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptibleskunk - a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible; "only a rotter would do that"; "kill the rat"; "throw the bum out"; "you cowardly little pukes!"; "the British call a contemptible person a `git'"
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
2.skunk - a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
3.skunk - street names for marijuanaskunk - street names for marijuana    
cannabis, ganja, marihuana, marijuana - the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect
4.skunk - American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startledskunk - 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
Verb1.skunk - defeat by a lurch
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
defeat, get the better of, overcome - win a victory over; "You must overcome all difficulties"; "defeat your enemies"; "He overcame his shyness"; "He overcame his infirmity"; "Her anger got the better of her and she blew up"
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Translations
ظَرِبان
skunk
skunkstinkdyr
haisunäätäskunkki
tvor
bûzös borz
skunkur, òefdÿr
skunkss
skunks
dihur
skunk

skunk

[skʌŋk] N (skunk or skunks (pl)) (Zool) → mofeta f, zorrillo m (LAm)
you skunk! (fig) → ¡canalla!
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

skunk

[ˈskʌŋk] n
(= animal) → mouffette f (= fur) → sconse m
(= strong marijuana) → skunk m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

skunk

n
Skunk m, → Stinktier nt; (inf, = person) → Schweinehund
(inf: = marijuana) → Pot nt (sl)
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skunk

[skʌŋk] n (Zool) → moffetta, puzzola
you skunk! (fam) → farabutto!, carogna!
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

skunk

(skaŋk) noun
a small North American animal which defends itself by squirting out an unpleasant-smelling liquid.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

skunk

n zorrillo, mofeta (esp. Esp)
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Striped skunks breed in February and March, so it's possible residents are seeing them more often due to an increase in activity during breeding season, said Andrew Rutter, a wildlife biologist with the Lake County Forest Preserve District.
Sessie and Fudge are striped skunks native to North America but are right at home in Golcar where they live with Lizzie Jacobs-Gray and husband Eddi Jacobs.
Habitat use of western spotted skunks and striped skunks in Texas.
RESULTS--Throughout northern California, carcasses of mammals observed over 11 years and 89,229 km driven included 423 black-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus californicus), 203 California ground squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi), 152 Virginia opossums, 128 raccoons (Procyon lotor), 103 striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis), 56 western gray squirrels (Scuirus griseus), 30 black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus), four red foxes (Vulpes vulpes), 152 domestic cats {Fells domesticus), 33 rats {Rattus norvegicus, Rattus rattus), and 14 domestic dogs {Canis domesticus).
Physiological and ecological aspects of winter torpor in captive and free-ranging striped skunks. Ph.D.
Striped skunks and stink bugs invert themselves before they spray.
The ectoparasites associated with Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana), raccoons (Procyon lotor) and striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) have been reported from several regions within the United States.
Southern flying squirrels, striped skunks, and masked shrews all transmitted A.
familiaris), striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis), eastern cottontails (Sylvilagus floridanus), squirrels (Sciurus spp.), domestic cats (Felis catus), an eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina), and a woodchuck (Marmota monax; Table 2).
A minimalist phase would account for redwing blackbirds, luna moths and striped skunks. What an eye for detail in black dots on the ladybug's wings, the eyes of the panther at night, the bow after rain.
Left to their own devices and natural habitat, striped skunks are easy-going, peaceable creatures.