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[fich] /fɪtʃ/
the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
its fur, often dyed to imitate other furs.
Also, fitchet
[fich-it] /ˈfɪtʃ ɪt/ (Show IPA),
[fich-oo] /ˈfɪtʃ u/ (Show IPA)
Origin of fitch
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English fiche, feche, fuche polecat fur < Middle Dutch fisse, visse, vitsche polecat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They fight over the fitches, and leave the wheat to the crows.

    Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon
British Dictionary definitions for fitches


another name for polecat (sense 1)
the fur of the polecat or ferret
Word Origin
C16: probably from ficheuxfitchew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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fitches in the Bible

(Isa. 28:25, 27), the rendering of the Hebrew _ketsah_, "without doubt the Nigella sativa, a small annual of the order Ranunculacece, which grows wild in the Mediterranean countries, and is cultivated in Egypt and Syria for its seed." It is rendered in margin of the Revised Version "black cummin." The seeds are used as a condiment. In Ezek. 4:9 this word is the rendering of the Hebrew _kussemeth_ (incorrectly rendered "rye" in the Authorized Version of Ex. 9:32 and Isa. 28:25, but "spelt" in the Revised Version). The reading "fitches" here is an error; it should be "spelt."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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