pole cat

Mark Odegard markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 15 17:13:24 UTC 2001

A polecat, in the UK, refers to a European ferret. In antiquity (and even
down to the present day), ferrets were used in place of the domestic cat.

The name seems to have attached itself to the North American skunk. I became
familiar with it via Granny from _The Beverly Hillbillies_.
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