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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Definitions for quickhatch

  1. a wolverine.

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Citations for quickhatch
Thereafter the rich American sent swiftly by cable for a beast which he called a quickhatch, and whose name the trappers of the Rocky Mountains use when they want to call any one by a worse name than devil. F. St. Mars, On Nature's Trail, 1912
Sabine, who replied in his usual sententious manner— "A Scotchman would call it a 'quickhatch,' an Indian an 'okelcoo hawgew,' and a Canadian a 'carcajou."' "And what do you call it?" "A wolverene, ma'am," returned Sabine… Jules Verne, Translated by N. D’Anvers, The Fur Country, 1873
Origin of quickhatch
East Cree
Quickhatch comes from a Native American language called East Cree spoken in what is now Canada; the word was spelled kwi˙hkwaha˙če˙w. It entered English in the 1670s and was earlier spelled quiquahatch.