noun, plural pole·cats, (especially collectively) pole·cat.
Origin of polecat
Examples from the Web for polecat
Like others of its tribe, the polecat kills more prey than it needs.Poachers and Poaching|John Watson
I'd led the ponies out of the punt, and was instructing Brown, when the polecat let drive at me from across the river.A Man in the Open|Roger Pocock
In general appearance the Zorillo resembles a polecat, but it is rather larger, and much thicker in proportion.A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World|Charles Darwin
Suppose now our new recruit had run across a rattlesnake instead of a polecat!Endurance Test|Alan Douglas
In regard to the tapeworms, Tnia tenuicollis infests the polecat and the common weasel, and T. intermedia the pine-marten.Parasites|T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for polecat
noun plural -cats or -cat
Word Origin for polecat
Word Origin and History for polecat
early 14c., from cat (n.); the first element is perhaps Anglo-French pol, from Old French poule "fowl, hen" (see pullet (n.)); so called because it preys on poultry [Klein]. The other alternative is that the first element is from Old French pulent "stinking," for obvious reasons. Originally the European Putorius foetidus; also applied to related U.S. skunks since 1680s.