red fox

noun

Definition of red fox

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

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State Fish and Wildlife biologists hope to capture and collar as many as four red foxes this year. Jane Braxton Little, sacbee, "They've tried for years to catch a Sierra Nevada red fox. Now scientists have caught two | The Sacramento Bee," 8 Mar. 2018 Every denizen of the river world is engaged in a struggle for survival, none more affectingly than the red fox of the final episode—a new father of four who searches every inch of landscape for prey to bring home. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘America’s Mississippi’ Review: Overflowing With Life," 29 Nov. 2018 Genetic clues To start figuring out how genetics could contribute to such remarkable behavioral differences, the researchers sequenced the genome of the red fox, which is still a wild species. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior," 11 Aug. 2018 Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a red fox squirrel nymph (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Holiday week brings plenty of hits, some misses," 4 July 2018 Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a red fox squirrel nymph (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Holiday week brings plenty of hits, some misses," 4 July 2018 Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a red fox squirrel nymph (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Holiday week brings plenty of hits, some misses," 4 July 2018 Hajna said the state captures about 10 red foxes in the North Brigantine Natural Area each year, along with some skunks and raccoons. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Foxes are disappearing from this Shore town, and residents finally know why," 27 Apr. 2018 Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a red fox squirrel nymph (#14) with a ruby midge (#18) suspended below it. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Holiday week brings plenty of hits, some misses," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of red fox

1742, in the meaning defined above

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