polecat

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noun pole·cat \ˈpōl-ˌkat\

Definition of polecat

plural

polecats

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polecat

  1. 1 :  any of several carnivorous mammals (as of the genera Mustela or Vormela) of the weasel family; especially :  a brown to black European mammal (M. putorius) from which the domesticated ferret is derived

  2. 2 :  skunk

Origin and Etymology of polecat

Middle English polcat, proibn from Medieval French poul, pol cock + Middle English cat; probably from its preying on poultry — more at pullet


First Known Use: 14th century

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POLECAT Defined for English Language Learners

polecat

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noun pole·cat \ˈpōl-ˌkat\

Definition of polecat for English Language Learners

  • : a European animal that has dark brown fur and a long thin body and that gives off a bad smell to defend itself


POLECAT Defined for Kids

polecat

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noun pole·cat \ˈpōl-ˌkat\

Definition of polecat for Students

plural

polecats

or

polecat

  1. 1 :  a brown or black European animal related to the weasel

  2. 2 :  skunk



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