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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Examples of red fox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the monstrous Dixie fire scorched a northeastern California expanse that the elusive Sierra Nevada red fox calls home, wildlife officials were worried. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2021 This sandy cove is home to wildlife including moose, white tailed deer, red fox, coyote, raccoons, and porcupines. Miriam Porter, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Professionals might also point out that Rigby in no way resembles a Nova Scotia duck-tolling retriever or the red fox that inspired the breed, bred to lure ducks into range by working the shoreline. Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2021 The Fish and Wildlife Service said the decision to list the Sierra Nevada red fox as endangered would be published Tuesday in the Federal Register. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2021 According to a fact sheet from the US Forest Service, the Sierra Nevada red fox lives in remote and rugged habitats. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 8 Aug. 2021 The Cascade population of the Sierra Nevada red fox, which includes California’s northern group, has not experienced such a slide, officials say. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2021 Red foxes are common in the United States, but the Sierra Nevada red fox is genetically distinct. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2021 The image above shows a fascinating interaction: In winter, food for most animals is in short supply in northern latitudes and many species, including this red fox, take greater risks than normal to survive. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of red fox

1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of red fox was in 1742

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“Red fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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