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

British Dictionary definitions for fitchew



an archaic name for polecat

Word Origin for fitchew

C14 ficheux, from Old French ficheau, from Middle Dutch vitsau, of obscure origin


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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