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Definition of SKUNK

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Skunk \Skunk\, v. t.
     In games of chance and skill: To defeat (an opponent) (as in cards) so that he fails to gain a point, or (in checkers) to get a king. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Skunk \Skunk\, n. [Contr. from the Abenaki (American Indian) seganku.] (Zool.) Any one of several species of American musteline carnivores of the genus {Mephitis} and allied genera. They have two glands near the anus, secreting an extremely fetid liquid, which the animal ejects at pleasure as a means of defense. [1913 Webster]

     Note: The common species of the Eastern United States ({Mephitis mephitica}) is black with more or less white on the body and tail. The spotted skunk ({Spilogale putorius}), native of the Southwestern United States and Mexico, is smaller than the common skunk, and is variously marked with black and white. [1913 Webster]

     {Skunk bird}, {Skunk blackbird} (Zool.), the bobolink; -- so called because the male, in the breeding season, is black and white, like a skunk.

     {Skunk cabbage} (Bot.), an American aroid herb ({Symplocarpus f[oe]tidus}) having a reddish hornlike spathe in earliest spring, followed by a cluster of large cabbagelike leaves. It exhales a disagreeable odor. Also called {swamp cabbage}.

     {Skunk porpoise}. (Zool.) See under {Porpoise}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "skunk":
     Cape polecat, animal, ape, bar, bear, beast, beat, blank, bulldoze, cavy, chimp, chimpanzee, clobber, coon, cream, cur, defeat utterly, dog, drub, ferret, foumart, glutton, groundhog, guinea pig, hedgehog, hound, hyena, insect, lambaste, larrup, lick, mongrel, monk, monkey, mousehound, opossum, overbear, overwhelm, paste, pig, polecat, porcupine, possum, prairie dog, prick, quill pig, raccoon, reptile, rotten egg, schmear, scum, serpent, shellac, shit, shithead, shut out, smear, snake, snow under, steamroller, stink ball, stink bomb, stinkard, stinker, stinkpot, swine, thrash, toad, turd, varmint, vermin, viper, warning sign, weasel, whelm, whelp, whistle-pig, whitewash, whomp, whop, wolverine, woodchuck, worm, zoril


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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