Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The American corsak, or swift-fox, Vulpes velox, a small fox peculiar to western North America, where it lives in holes in the prairies. It has been noted and named for its swift-footedness, but this has been much exaggerated. It was called
kit-foxby Lewis and Clarke, named Canis velox by Thomas Say in 1823, and called C. cinereo-argentalusby Richardson in 1829. It is scarcely half as large as the common fox, the length over all being only about 2¾ feet, of which the tail is 1 foot. The color is a uniform pale reddish-yellow above, in winter paler grayish with silvery tips of the hairs: the under parts whitish, the upper lip and tip of the tail blackish. The pelage is very fine, with copious under-fur. This diminutive fox is closely related to Vulpes carsac of Asia, having no near relative among European or American foxes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a small burrowing fox (Vulpes velox), inhabiting the region of the Rocky Mountains. It is brownish gray, reddish on the breast and flanks, and white below. Called also
- n. small grey fox of the plains of western North America
- n. small grey fox of southwestern United States; may be a subspecies of Vulpes velox
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