sunnudagur, september 25, 2005


Today, a list of words pertaining to weasels. They were all new to me, and I feel compelled to share.

(all these are names for the polecat)
fitch (pelt of same, or a brush made of the fur of same)

(Should you crave more information on the nomenclature of the polecat, a fascinating article by Duncan Brown in Mammal Review 32:2 (2002): 145-9 can be found here.)

sweetmart (the pine marten; I will ever after imagine this animal wearing cologne)

zorilla (an African relative of the weasel, one who looks more like the American skunk. I hope that someone out there is as pleased as I am to find that zorilla is a real word.)

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