Definitions

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  • n. literally, a fox, especially:
  • n. a Japanese fox spirit, normally female, said to have powers such as shape-shifting, and whose power is symbolized by increase in number of tails

Etymologies

Japanese (きつね) (kitsune) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A kitsune is a supernatural fox being, perhaps one of the best known of Japanese legendary creatures.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • They are a type of yokai, or spiritual entity, and the word kitsune is often translated as fox spirit.

    Avencius - Comments

  • It is only a euphemism for kitsune-mochi; the inu-gami is only the hito-kitsune, which is supposed to make itself visible in various animal forms.

    Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan Second Series

  • And here's an explanation of what exactly is going on in the 3: 14 am Easter Egg. I had assumed the fox was a kitsune, which I now see was incorrect, and I missed evidence to the contrary that I should have recognized (such as his/her tai chi habit).

    be the change that you want to see

  • “It's a shame that a kitsune would betray her people and side with the mukado.”

    Arcana Magi Pure - c.3

  • “So you're a kitsune I've read about in a book aren't you?”

    Arcana Magi Pure - c.1

  • The kitsune will train you properly in casting spells.

    Arcana Magi Pure - c.4

  • The Central Asian stories about snakes that could assume human form and the Japanese kitsune, fox spirits that were able to become beautiful women.

    The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • Three female kitsune could not offer much trouble to a Shadowblade, but if fifty or a hundred obake swarmed them, the two Blades would be overwhelmed by sheer numbers.

    Crimson Wind

  • What could be more sensible, rational, sane, responsible and moral than recovering whatever life sustaining goods you can after a disaster? kitsune Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

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  • Romaji for fox.

    Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; kitsune usually refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom.

    Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others — as foxes in folklore often do — other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.

    (Source: Wikipedia)

    September 24, 2008