What is polecat?

  • (noun): Dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened.
    Synonyms: fitch, foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius
    See also — Additional definitions below


Polecat is a word which can designate several different animals, all in the Carnivora order and most in the weasel family. It can also refer to a number of other concepts.

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Polecat - Other
... HMS Polecat Lockheed Martin Polecat, an unmanned aerial vehicle Lineman (occupation), sometimes colloquially referred to as a "polecat" due to common activity of climbing utility poles "Polecats", a basic repertoire ...
Mammals Of Europe - Carnivores - Mustelidae (Weasel)
... mink Neovison vison LC (Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, introduced) European polecat Mustela putorius LC Steppe polecat Mustela eversmanii LC Marbled polecat Vormela peregusna VU (easte ...

More definitions of "polecat":

  • (noun): American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae.
    Synonyms: skunk, wood pussy

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