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