Polecat
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British pronunciation/pˈə‍ʊlkæt/
American pronunciation/ˈpoʊɫˌkæt/
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a mammal that is dark brown in color and looks like a weasel, known for releasing an unpleasant odor while threatened

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What is a "polecat"?

The polecat, also known as the common ferret or fitch, is a small carnivorous mammal that belongs to the Mustelidae family. It has a long, slender body, short legs, and a bushy tail. The coat of a polecat can vary in color, typically ranging from dark brown to black, with a distinctive white or yellowish mask-like pattern on its face. Polecats are known for their strong scent glands, which they use for marking their territory and defense. They are skilled hunters, feeding on small mammals, birds, insects, and other prey. Polecats are primarily found in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and are known for their adaptability to various habitats, including forests, grasslands, and farmlands. They are known for their elusive and solitary nature, and are considered valuable for controlling rodent populations in agricultural areas.

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American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae

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