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[pek-uh n] /ˈpɛk ən/
the fisher, Martes pennanti.
Origin of pekan
Eastern Abenaki
1710-20, Americanism; < Canadian French pécan, pécant, pékan < Eastern Abenaki (French spelling) pékané Unabridged
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  • It is known as the wood-shock or pekan, and is also called the black cat, and fisher.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • A third had caught a pekan; but the prisoner had been worried and torn to atoms.

  • Others call it the fisher, although it never fishes, while to the Indians it is the pekan—the killer-in-the-dark.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • It is the otchœk of the Crees, and the pekan of the Canadians.

  • He had instantly thought that she meant that pekan was right there somewhere.

  • Without a pause, the pekan deliberately sprang out into the air and disappeared in a snow bank full forty feet below.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • Even yet he had one advantage which no amount of courage or speed on the part of the pekan could have overcome.

    Wild Folk Samuel Scoville
  • In his article he gives the pekan the credit of showing considerable cunning and finesses.

    Canadian Wilds Martin Hunter
  • The men shortened the line to thirty miles and for six times in succession did pekan destroy the traps.

  • Such quiet waters are favourite resorts for beaver and mink and marten and pekan.

British Dictionary definitions for pekan


another name for fisher (sense 2)
Word Origin
C18: from Canadian French pékan, of Algonquian origin; compare Abnaki pékané
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