A skunk is a small black and white animal that defends itself with a stinky fluid when it feels threatened. Skunks are fairly common, even in suburban and urban places.

Skunks are about the same size as cats, with stripes and fluffy tails. They're usually black and white but occasionally gray or brown. If your dog has ever met a skunk face-to-face, or startled one, you know how powerful a skunk's smell can be. It's an odor that's hard to get rid of — and it's strong enough to keep predators like bears far away. Skunk most likely comes from an Abenaki root.

Definitions of skunk
  1. noun
    American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae
    synonyms: polecat, wood pussy
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    Mephitis mephitis, striped skunk
    most common and widespread North American skunk
    Mephitis macroura, hooded skunk
    of Mexico and southernmost parts of southwestern United States
    Conepatus leuconotus, badger skunk, hog-nosed skunk, hognosed skunk, rooter skunk
    large naked-muzzled skunk with white back and tail; of southwestern North America and Mexico
    Spilogale putorius, little spotted skunk, spotted skunk
    small skunk with a marbled black and white coat; of United States and Mexico
    type of:
    mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal
    fissiped fur-bearing carnivorous mammals
  2. noun
    a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
    synonyms: bum, crumb, dirty dog, git, lowlife, puke, rat, rotter, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot
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    type of:
    disagreeable person, unpleasant person
    a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
  3. noun
    street names for marijuana
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    type of:
    cannabis, ganja, marihuana, marijuana
    the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect
  4. noun
    a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
    synonyms: shutout
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    type of:
    defeat, licking
    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
  5. verb
    defeat by a lurch
    synonyms: lurch
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    type of:
    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
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