the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
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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fitchet (ˈfɪtʃɪt)


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

Word Origin for fitch

C16: probably from ficheux fitchew
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