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fitch

[fich]
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noun
  1. the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
  2. its fur, often dyed to imitate other furs.
Also fitch·et [fich-it] /ˈfɪtʃ ɪt/, fitch·ew [fich-oo] /ˈfɪtʃ u/.

Origin of fitch

1400–50; late Middle English fiche, feche, fuche polecat fur < Middle Dutch fisse, visse, vitsche polecat
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Examples from the Web for fitches

Historical Examples

  • They fight over the fitches, and leave the wheat to the crows.

    Talks To Farmers

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon


British Dictionary definitions for fitches

fitch

fitchet (ˈfɪtʃɪt)

noun
  1. another name for polecat (def. 1)
  2. the fur of the polecat or ferret

Word Origin

C16: probably from ficheux fitchew
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