noun, plural skunks, (especially collectively) skunk.

  1. a small North American mammal, Mephitis mephitis, of the weasel family, having a black coat with a white, V-shaped stripe on the back, and ejecting a fetid odor when alarmed or attacked.
  2. any of several related or similar animals.Compare hog-nosed skunk, spotted skunk.
  3. Informal. a thoroughly contemptible person.
  4. U.S. Navy Slang. an unidentified ship or target.

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