from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) The European polecat; -- called also
European ferret, and fitchew. See polecat.
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- noun A
polecat; a member of the Mustelidae family.
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- noun dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened
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The foumart is the special abhorrence of the game-keeper; it does more damage amongst game and poultry than any of the other _Mustelidae_, and consequently greater pains are taken to trap and shoot it, in fact, so much so that I wonder that the animal is not now extinct in the British Isles.
In my county, as well as in many parts of England, the popular name is "foumart," which is said to be derived from "foul marten."
To those corries of my native place will be coming in the yellow moon of brock and foumart -- the beasts that dote on the autumn eves -- the People of Quietness; have I not seen their lanthoms and heard their laughter in the night?
As they threaded the thicket of hazel, at some distance from the pool, one of the salmon-fishers declared, that from a plot of white-thorn and bramble-bushes he had seen the eyes of a foumart or polecat glare out upon him; and in a low voice, directing the attention of a comrade to the spot, they both imagined they could detect the figure of a man crouching among the trailing shrubs.
Now moreover Walter looked, and deemed that he beheld something through the grass and bracken on the other side of those two, an ugly brown and yellow body, which, if it were not some beast of the foumart kind, must needs be the monstrous dwarf, or one of his kin; and the flesh crept upon
A foumart was caught in the back kitchen; you may perhaps know it better by the name of polecat.
Measter, too -- I could a-bear a good deal, but measter cuts through the stable-yard, and past me, wi'out a word, as if I was poison, or a stinking foumart.
In niches all around the sidewalls were couches covered with hare, rabbit, foumart, and fox's skins -- furnished by these animals slain by us in the woods and among the rocks of that sylvan and moorland parish -- the regal Torus alone being spread with the dun-deer's hide from
"I'm well off the ridge," he muttered; "they could have marked me down like a foumart as I ran.