Definition of polecat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpəʊlkæt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlkæt//
    Wild mammals
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  1. 1a small European wild animal with a long thin body, dark brown fur and a strong unpleasant smell See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2(North American English) = skunk See related entries: Wild mammals
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: perhaps from Old French pole ‘chicken’ + cat.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polecat

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