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

n American musteline mammal typically ejecting an intensely malodorous fluid when startled; in some classifications put in a separate subfamily Mephitinae

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

n a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

bum, crumb, dirty dog, git, lowlife, puke, rat, rotter, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot
Type of:
disagreeable person, unpleasant person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

n street names for marijuana

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

n a defeat in a game where one side fails to score

Type of:
defeat, licking
an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

v defeat by a lurch

Type of:
defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over

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