gray fox

noun

Definition of gray fox

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

Examples of gray fox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the 10 species reported taken were coyote, gray fox, beaver, badger and mink. Los Angeles Times, "California becomes first state to ban fur trapping after Gov. Newsom signs law," 4 Sep. 2019 Golden eagles and hawks live there as do American badgers and gray foxes. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Important Martinez wildlife area is close to salvation," 2 Sep. 2019 In 2009, a rabies outbreak in gray foxes in Humboldt County, north of San Francisco, was traced back to skunk virus that had jumped to foxes. Quanta Magazine, "How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease," 25 Aug. 2015 The species, too, include the abundant (gray squirrel and cottontail rabbit) to the seldom seen (fisher and gray fox). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Snapshot Wisconsin trail cam project poised to go statewide," 6 July 2018 Hits were the javelina (a not very attractive feral pig), bighorn sheep and the gray fox. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Mule deer and island foxes, the rascally miniature descendants of gray foxes, are everyday sights on Catalina’s grassy hills. Paul Bisceglio, The Atlantic, "Why Is This Deer Licking This Fox?," 23 Oct. 2017 Lauren Hinson, the zoo's collection manager, said deer and gray foxes become too stressed and thus will stay outdoors as Irma bears down. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Why Florida zoos aren't evacuating their animals," 9 Sep. 2017 Health officials confirmed Thursday that a gray fox that bit two men earlier in the week near a Delray Beach job site had rabies. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rabid fox bites 2 in Delray Beach," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of gray fox

circa 1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Gray fox.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gray%20fox. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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