fitchew

fitch

[fich]
noun
1.
the European polecat, Mustela putorius.
2.
its fur, often dyed to imitate other furs.
Also, fitchet [fich-it] , fitchew [fich-oo] .


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English fiche, feche, fuche polecat fur < Middle Dutch fisse, visse, vitsche polecat

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fitch or fitchet (fɪtʃ, ˈfɪtʃɪt)
 
n
1.  another name for polecat
2.  the fur of the polecat or ferret
 
[C16: probably from ficheuxfitchew]
 
fitchet or fitchet
 
n
 
[C16: probably from ficheuxfitchew]

fitchew (ˈfɪtʃuː)
 
n
an archaic name for polecat
 
[C14 ficheux, from Old French ficheau, from Middle Dutch vitsau, of obscure origin]

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