nounpl. -·cats· or -·cat·
- any of several small, Old World weasels, usually having anal glands that eject foul-smelling fluid when the animal is in danger, esp. one (Mustela putorius) that is known as a “ferret” when domesticated to kill rats, mice, etc.
Origin of polecatMiddle English polcat, probably from Old French poule (see poultry) + cat
- a. A chiefly nocturnal mustelid mammal (Mustela putorius) of Europe that ejects a malodorous fluid to mark its territory and defend itself from predators. Also called fitch .b. Either of two similar mammals, Mustela eversmanii of the Central Asian steppes, having a light brown coat with a black mask, or Vormela peregusna of Eurasia, having a mottled yellow and brown coat.
- See skunk.
Origin of polecatMiddle English polcat possibly Old French poll, poule fowl, hen ; see pullet . Middle English cat cat ; see cat .