• WordNet 3.6
    • n polecat dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
    • n polecat American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Polecat (Zoöl) A small European carnivore of the Weasel family (Putorius fœtidus). Its scent glands secrete a substance of an exceedingly disagreeable odor. Called also fitchet foulmart, and European ferret.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polecat The fitchew or foulmart, Putorius fœtidus of Europe, of a dark-brown color, with a copious fine pelage much used in furriery and for making artists' brushes. See fitch.
    • n polecat One of several other quadrupeds, mostly of the family Mustelidæ, which have a strong offensive smell. Specifically— Any American skunk, especially the common one, Mephitis mephitica. See skunk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Polecat pōl′kat a kind of weasel, which emits a stink—called also the Fitchet and Foumart.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably fr. F. poule, hen, and originally, a poultry cat, because it feeds on poultry. See Poultry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. polcat; prob. Fr. poule, hen, and cat.


In literature:

Polecats may be considered in the brute creation what the Kalushes are among men.
"A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2" by Otto von Kotzebue
Two old birds and five young defending themselves against two polecats (30 pounds).
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Dey tu'n erway frum him lack he wuz a polecat.
"Shawn of Skarrow" by James Tandy Ellis
Many a rat, and stoat, and polecat had reason to wish them far away, I can tell you.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
There was the envious Kenrick and the savage Wolcot, the asp George Steevens, and the polecat John Williams.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
It was at Polecat Station, Caroline County, and it was greeted with enthusiasm by all but the two or three Yankees in the train.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
And foxes and martens and buzzards and polecats and ermines are to be preserved for five years.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
Stan' up like a man, ye polecat!
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
Even Mr. Dog doesn't stop to argue with Mr. Polecat.
"The Hollow Tree and Deep Woods Book" by Albert Bigelow Paine

In news:

Polecat and Blaze and Kelly.
Polecat headlines Alive After Five today.
Today's Alive After Five will feature the multi-genre musical artistry of Polecat .
The folks at Courville's said it best: Nothin' says Valentine's Day like Ray Wylie Hubbard singin' about a polecat.