One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- old-fashioned term for polecat
- ‘Ferrets were called: fitch, fitchet, poley, stinkmart, stinkmarten, foulmart, foulmartin, foumart, and fulimart.’
- ‘Otters and foumarts are still to be seen.’
Middle English: from foul + Old English mearth ‘marten’; of Germanic origin and related to marten.
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