Sampson fox

noun
variants: or Samson fox \ "-​ \

Definition of Sampson fox

: a red fox having a coat in which the guard hairs are lacking and the under fur is woolly and scorched looking due to genetic variation

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History and Etymology for Sampson fox

probably after Samson, judge of Israel; from his tying torches to the tails of foxes to set fire to the grain of the Philistines, Judges 15:4–5

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“Sampson fox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sampson%20fox. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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