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or foul·mart

[foo-mert, -mahrt]
  1. the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
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Origin of foumart

First recorded in 1300–50, foumart is from the Middle English word fulmard, folmarde. See foul, marten
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Examples from the Web for foumart

Historical Examples

  • The foumart is now extinct in England, though, I believe, to be met with in parts of Scotland.

    Footprints of Former Men in Far Cornwall

    Robert S. Hawker

  • A foumart was caught in the back kitchen; you may perhaps know it better by the name of polecat.

  • A foumart (pole cat) micht as weel speak o' persecution when he's hunted aff the hillside.

  • In my county, as well as in many parts of England, the popular name is "foumart," which is said to be derived from "foul marten."

British Dictionary definitions for foumart


  1. a former name for polecat (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C15 folmarde : from Old English fūl foul + mearth a marten
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