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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fox.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. a name in European folklore for the red fox.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An appelation applied after the manner of a proper name to the fox. Same as renard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name of the fox in fable and poetry, in which the fox figures as cunning personified.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a conventional name for a fox used in tales following usage in the old epic `Reynard the Fox'

Etymologies

Middle English Renard, Reynard, from Old French Renart and Middle Dutch Reynaert, the name of the fox in the beast epic Roman de Renart.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French Renard (from which renard ("fox")), from German Reinhard, from Proto-Germanic *ragina (“counsel by the gods”) + Old High German harti ("hard, strong"). (Wiktionary)

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