Definitions

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

  • n. A fox.

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  • 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

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

Middle English Renard, Reynard, from Old French Renart and Middle Dutch Reynaert, the name of the fox in the beast epic Roman de Renart.

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French Renard (from which renard ("fox")), from German Reinhard, from Proto-Germanic *ragina (“counsel by the gods”) + Old High German harti ("hard, strong").

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