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[pek-uh n]
  1. the fisher, Martes pennanti.
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Origin of pekan

1710–20, Americanism; < Canadian French pécan, pécant, pékan < Eastern Abenaki (French spelling) pékané
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Examples from the Web for pekan

Historical Examples

  • It is known as the wood-shock or pekan, and is also called the black cat, and fisher.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • He had instantly thought that she meant that Pekan was right there somewhere.

  • It was because Pekan is almost the only one Prickly Porky has reason to fear.

  • If Pekan is hungry he doesn't hesitate to dine on Porcupine.

  • A third had caught a pekan; but the prisoner had been worried and torn to atoms.

British Dictionary definitions for pekan


  1. another name for fisher (def. 2)
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Word Origin

C18: from Canadian French pékan, of Algonquian origin; compare Abnaki pékané
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