polecat

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A marbled polecat (weasel-like animal).
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From Middle French pole (hen) + cat. So named because of its fondness for poultry.

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polecat (plural polecats)

  1. A weasel-like animal of the genus Mustela, notably the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
  2. (US, dialect) A skunk.

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  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 61
    By the little garden pergola open to the winds some fluttered peacocks were blotted nervelessly amid the dripping trees, their heads sunk back beneath their wings: while in the pergoda itself, like a fallen storm-cloud, lolled a negress, her levelled, polecat eyes semi-veiled by the nebulous alchemy of the rainbow.

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