Where does the word “Polecat” come from and What does Polecat mean in French?

The Polecat is a cat, sometimes called “pussy,” that is fond of poles, not, however, the kind stuck in the ground.

This pole, back in the fourteenth century, was a French word which, in modern French, is spelled poule.

It means a chicken.

For the polecat is a chicken thief, just as is its American cousin, the skunk.

Incidentally, the European polecat does not have the broad stripe down the back, so characteristic of the American skunk.

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