red fox


Definition of red fox

: a usually orange-red to reddish-brown Holarctic fox (Vulpes vulpes) that has a white-tipped tail — compare silver fox sense 1

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Recent Examples on the Web If there’s a cunning or devious anthropomorphic character to be had, chances are he’s a red fox. René A. Guzman,, "S.A.’s Common Critters: San Antonio’s gray foxes becoming more visible with urban sprawl," 13 Oct. 2020 After spending the first three months of their lives in the den, red fox kits are ready for adventure. Bridget E. Hamilton, National Geographic, "Amazing animal dads," 16 June 2020 Your curator has seen a red fox in the back, a woodchuck out front, and the hatching of songbirds in a nest underneath our eaves. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "Everyone can watch the birds," 4 June 2020 The red fox, on the other hand, is a frequent sight in the English countryside. Lorraine Berry, Los Angeles Times, "21 new and classic books to keep you in touch with the natural world," 6 Apr. 2020 The red fox, the most widespread of all fox species, appears to have originated in what is now Hungary about 3.4 million years ago. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores the hidden world of the fabled yet enigmatic fox," 23 Feb. 2020 Less than three hours later, the motion-sensitive camera snapped its first image: A red fox had emerged from the hole, sniffing at the ground where humans and dogs had shuffled the day before. Anchorage Daily News, "The secret life of a red fox family," 28 Mar. 2020 The experts also found a number of reindeer, horse, bear, wolf, red fox and arctic fox bones. Fox News, "Mysterious Ice Age structure built from woolly mammoth bones found," 18 Mar. 2020 One day, a red fox paused in front of a window, the elegant fact of his body familiar and reassuring. Sylvia Poggioli, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 23–29," 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of red fox

1742, in the meaning defined above

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31 Oct 2020

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“Red fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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