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

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Recent Examples on the Web Foxes tend to be more shy than sly, especially the gray fox common to San Antonio and most of Texas. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "S.A.’s Common Critters: San Antonio’s gray foxes becoming more visible with urban sprawl," 13 Oct. 2020 Roger Gray shares more than just a name with the gray fox. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "S.A.’s Common Critters: San Antonio’s gray foxes becoming more visible with urban sprawl," 13 Oct. 2020 An emaciated baby gray fox found near his dead mother in an electrical sub-station was covered in a sticky substance. Karina Bland, azcentral, "With more people outdoors, wildlife center sees an influx of rescued animals," 5 June 2020 The rest of us are just happy to see a gray fox trotting through downtown San Rafael. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, "In the Bay Area, wildlife comes out to play while humans shelter in place," 3 June 2020 The carcasses of their kills provide an important food source for a host of wild animals including California condors, gray foxes, myriad species of insects and songbirds that eat them. Los Angeles Times, "Southern California mountain lions get temporary endangered species status," 16 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of gray fox

circa 1679, in the meaning defined above

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“Gray fox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gray%20fox. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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