[ fich ]
/ fɪtʃ /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fitches

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

    Talks To Farmers|Charles Haddon Spurgeon

British Dictionary definitions for fitches


fitchet (ˈfɪtʃɪt)

/ (fɪtʃ) /


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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