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

  • n. A fox of the genus Vulpes, characteristically having reddish fur, especially V. fulva of North America and V. vulpes of Europe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A common species of fox, Vulpes vulpes native to North America, Asia, Europe and North Africa; small, with reddish fur, but larger than the arctic fox.
  • n. A flowering plant, Celosia argentea, having brightly coloured flowers of several shades.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the common American fox (Vulpes fulvus), which is usually reddish in color.

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

  • n. New World fox; often considered the same species as the Old World fox
  • n. weedy annual with spikes of silver-white flowers
  • n. the common Old World fox; having reddish-brown fur; commonly considered a single circumpolar species


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  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, standing adjacent to each other in central California, had also lost their populations of red fox and river otter.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • I presume he means the red fox of Europe; as does Kalm, where he says ‖, that in size 'they do not quite come up to our foxes.'

    Notes on the State of Virginia.

  • They shared the meadow with a red fox who hunted it for rodents, mostly, but wasn't averse to chewing on whatever juicy bugs she could catch there.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • By the time mammoth leg-bone posts -- with red fox tails tied to them and baskets woven with brightly dyed grasses inverted on top -- were raised to mark the throwing line, the day was beginning to take on a feeling of celebration.

    The Mammoth Hunters

  • The red fox was missing from Bryce Canyon National Park.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • For proceeding next to the red fox of America, he says 'they are entirely the same with the European sort.'

    Notes on the State of Virginia.


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