kit fox


: a fox (Vulpes macrotis) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico with exceptionally large ears and a black tip on the tail
: the fur or pelt of a kit fox

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The mitigation lands are now reverting back to habitat for San Joaquin kit foxes, blunt-nosed leopard lizards, burrowing owls and other at-risk species. Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2019 The Fish and Game Commission has banned the trapping of river otters, desert kit foxes and red foxes, among other species. Louis Sahagun,, 13 Sep. 2017

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Word History


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First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of kit fox was in 1805

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“Kit fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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