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 for polecat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polecat \Pole"cat`\, n. [Probably fr. F. poule hen, and
     originally, a poultry cat, because it feeds on poultry. See
     Poultry.] (Zool.)
        (a) A small European carnivore of the Weasel family
            ({Putorius f[oe]tidus). Its scent glands secrete a
            substance of an exceedingly disagreeable odor. Called
            also fitchet, foulmart, and European ferret.
        (b) The zorilla. The name is also applied to other allied
            species.
            [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  polecat
      n 1: American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely
           malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put
           in a separate subfamily Mephitinae [syn: skunk,
           polecat, wood pussy]
      2: dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an
         unpleasant odor when threatened [syn: polecat, fitch,
         foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "polecat":
     Cape polecat, animal, ape, bar, bear, beast, cavy, chimp,
     chimpanzee, coon, cur, dog, ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog,
     guinea pig, hedgehog, hound, hyena, insect, mongrel, monk, monkey,
     mousehound, opossum, pig, porcupine, possum, prairie dog,
     quill pig, raccoon, reptile, rotten egg, serpent, skunk, snake,
     stink ball, stink bomb, stinkard, stinker, stinkpot, swine,
     varmint, vermin, viper, weasel, whelp, whistle-pig, wolverine,
     woodchuck, worm, zoril
  
  

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