gray fox


gray fox


Definition of GRAY FOX

:  a fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) with coarse gray hair and white underparts that occurs from southern Canada to northern South America

First Known Use of GRAY FOX

circa 1679

gray fox

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Grizzled, gray-furred New World fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) found in forested, rocky, and brush-covered country from Canada to northern South America. Distinguished by the reddish color on its neck, ears, and legs, it grows to a length of about 20–30 in. (50–75 cm), excluding its 12–16-in. (30–40-cm) tail, and a weight of about 7–13 lbs (3–6 kg). Unlike other foxes, it commonly climbs trees. Primarily nocturnal, it takes a variety of foods, including small birds and mammals, insects, and fruits.


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