An animal of the Weasel tribe that is highly destructive to poultry. It possesses glands which secrete a fluid of a very offensive odor. This it gives off when pursued, thus checking dog or man until the animal can escape.

It occurs in all parts of Europe. The weasels generally emit a fetid secretion, much the worst Examples being those of the polecat and the frightfully offensive skunk (q. v.). felspathic. A game of ball resembling hockey, the players being on horseback. It is of Eastern origin, and the name properly.signifies the ball used in the game.