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Definition: Skunk porpoise
, n. [Contr. from the Abenaki (American Indian)
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.
Note: The common species of the Eastern United States
) 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.
, Skunk blackbird
(Zo["o]l.), the bobolink; --
so called because the male, in the breeding season, is
black and white, like a skunk.
(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
. (Zo["o]l.) See under Porpoise
, n. [OE. porpeys, OF. porpeis, literally,
hog fish, from L. porcus swine + piscis fish. See Pork
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any small cetacean of the genus Phoc[ae]na
especially Phoc[ae]na communis
, or Phoc[ae]na phoc[ae]na
, of Europe, and the closely allied American
species (Phoc[ae]na Americana
). The color is dusky or
blackish above, paler beneath. They are closely allied to
the dolphins, but have a shorter snout. Called also
, herring hag
, puffing pig
2. (Zo["o]l.) A true dolphin (Delphinus
); -- often so
called by sailors.
, or Bay porpoise
(Zo["o]l.), a North
American porpoise (Lagenorhynchus acutus
), larger than
the common species, and with broad stripes of white and
yellow on the sides. See Illustration in Appendix.