American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Archaic The Old World polecat or its fur.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The polecat or foulmart, Putorius vulgaris or P. fœtidus. See polecat.
- n. The fur of the polecat, formerly known as the fitchew, later shortened to fitch. See fitch, 2.
- n. obsolete polecat
- Compare Old French fisseau. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English ficheux, possibly from Walloon ficheau, diminutive of Middle Dutch vitsche, visse. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard, an owl, a puttock, or a herring without a roe, I would not care; but to be Menelaus!”
“CasTis such another fitchew! marry, a perfumed one.”
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“He prefers the fitchew ferret as he calls it; that is the sort that are coloured like a polecat.”
“The fitchew, the badger, and the hedgehog have a similarly evil reputation; but the first is rare, the second almost exterminated in many districts; the third -- the poor hedgehog -- is common, and some keepers have a bitter dislike to them.”
“The fitchew nor the soiled horse goes to't with a more riotous appetite.”
“IV. i.150 (473,2) 'Tis such another fitchew! marry, a perfum'd one]”
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