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Noun: polecat  'pówl,kat
  1. [N. Amer] American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
    - skunk, wood pussy [N. Amer]
  2. Dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odour when threatened
    - fitch [archaic], foulmart [archaic], foumart [archaic], Mustela putorius, fitchew [archaic]

Derived forms: polecats

Type of: mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal

Part of: genus Mustela, Mustela

Encyclopedia: Polecat, Tennessee