skunk(redirected from Mephitidae)
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Related to Mephitidae: Otariidae, Odobenidae, Procyonidae, Gliridae, Moschidae
skunkA regional slang term for:
(1) Marijuana, see there.
(2) Heroin, see there.
a musteline mammal of the subfamily Mephitinae. The best-known animal in this group is the striped skunk Mephitis mephitis, a cat-size, mostly nocturnal, burrowing animal with a beautiful black coat and two longitudinal white stripes that run into the tail. It can also eject a powerfully pungent foul-smelling liquid up to 10 feet through the air.
skunks are an important reservoir host of rabies in North America where they are the most common cause of rabies in cattle.