Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic The Old World polecat or its fur.

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  • n. polecat

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The polecat or foulmart, Putorius vulgaris or P. fœtidus. See polecat.
  • n. The fur of the polecat, formerly known as the fitchew, later shortened to fitch. See fitch, 2.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English ficheux, possibly from Walloon ficheau, diminutive of Middle Dutch vitsche, visse.

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Compare Old French fisseau.

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