[ fich ]
/ fɪtʃ /
the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
its fur, often dyed to imitate other furs.
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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
Words nearby fitch
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British Dictionary definitions for fitchew (1 of 2)
/ (ˈfɪtʃuː) /
an archaic name for polecat
Word Origin for fitchew
C14 ficheux, from Old French ficheau, from Middle Dutch vitsau, of obscure origin
British Dictionary definitions for fitchew (2 of 2)
/ (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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