from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun a genus of arctic foxes.
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- noun arctic foxes
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The diverse vegetation communities support a notable resident and migratory bird fauna, including cliff species such as fox-kestrel Falco alopex, Gabar goshawk Melierax gabar, yellow-billed shrike Corvinella corvina scarlet-chested sunbird Chalcomitra senegalensis,, rose-ringed parakeet Psittacula krameri, cliff chat Thamnolea cinnamomeiventris (abundant) and rock dove Columbia livia.
Regionally threatened bird species in the area include great egret Casmerodius albus (60), saddle-billed stork Ephipiorhynchus senegalensis (9), banded snake eagle Circaetus cinerascens, fish eagle Haliaeetus vocifer, fox kestrel Falco alopex, African skimmer Ryncops flavirostris (50) and Somali sparrow Passer castanopterus.
This is a clever variation on Archilochus's line poll' oid' alopex, all' echinos hen mega 'The fox knows many tricks, the hedgehog only one.
(Gr. alopekia, fox-mange, a bald spot, alopekoeides, fox-like — alopex, fox) — Chambers English Dictionary