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polecat

  

      n   pl   , -cats, -cat  
1      (Also called (formerly))    foumart   a dark brown musteline mammal, Mustela putorius, of woodlands of Europe, Asia, and N Africa, that is closely related to but larger than the weasel and gives off an unpleasant smell  
   See also       sweet marten  
2    any of various related animals, such as the marbled polecat, Vormela peregusna  
3      (U.S.)      a nontechnical name for       skunk       1  
     (C14 polcat, perhaps from Old French pol cock, from Latin pullus, + cat1; from its habit of preying on poultry)  
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Pole, pleat, polenta, poleax

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