Pronunciation: (pōl'kat"), [key]
—pl. -cats, (esp. collectively) -cat.
1. a European mammal, Mustela putorius, of the weasel family, having a blackish fur and ejecting a fetid fluid when attacked or disturbed. Cf. ferret 1 (def. 1).
2. any of various North American skunks.
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