from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Archaic The Old World polecat or its fur.
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- n. polecat
from The 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.
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.
The fitchew, 22 nor the soiled23 horse, goes to t
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]