<zoology> A small European carnivore of the Weasel family (Putorius foetidus). Its scent glands secrete a substance of an exceedingly disagreeable odour. Called also fitchet, foulmart, and European ferret.

The zorilla. The name is also applied to other allied species.

Origin: Probably fr. F. Poule hen, and originally, a poultry cat, because it feeds on poultry. See Poultry.

(01 Mar 1998)

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