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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.


Middle English ficheux, possibly from Walloon ficheau, diminutive of Middle Dutch vitsche, visse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare Old French fisseau. (Wiktionary)



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