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skunk

skunk

 
pronunciation:
skuhngk
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a small, meat-eating North American mammal with black fur, a bushy tail, and a broad white stripe down its back, noted for the foul smell of the fluid it ejects when alarmed.
 
definition 2: (informal) a despicable person.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: skunked, skunking, skunks
definition: (slang) to defeat decisively, esp. by holding scoreless.
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  mammal