fox

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  • Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Canidae and especially of the genus <em>Vulpes,</em> found worldwide and characteristically having upright ears, a pointed snout, and a long bushy tail.
  • The fur of one of these mammals.
  • A crafty, sly, or clever person.
  • A sexually attractive person.
  • Small cordage made by twisting together two or more strands of tarred yarn.
  • A sword.
  • To trick or fool by ingenuity or cunning; outwit.
  • To baffle or confuse.
  • To make (beer) sour by fermenting.
  • To repair (a shoe) by attaching a new upper.
  • To intoxicate.
  • To act slyly or craftily.
  • To turn sour in fermenting. Used of beer.
  • To intoxicate; fuddle; stupefy.
  • To become drunk.
  • To hunt the fox.
  • To employ crafty means; act with dissimulation.
  • To steal.
  • To repair, as a shoe, by renewing the front upper-leather; also, to cover the upper of (a shoe) with a piece of ormnamental leather.
  • A sword.
  • To become discolored: said of timber or of paper. See <em>foxed, foxfire.</em>
  • To turn sour: said of beer when it sours in fermenting.
  • To make sour, as beer in fermenting.
  • A drain carried under another watercourse by means of a depressed culvert forming an inverted siphon. Commonly called a <em>dip-culvert</em> or a <em>dive-culvert.</em>
  • One of the northern constellations (Vulpecula), situated between the Constellations Of the Swan and the Dolphin.
  • A freshman in a German university.
  • A carnivorous quadruped of the family <em>Canidœ</em> and of the vulpine or alope-coid series of canines, especially of the restricted genus <em>Vulpes</em>, as <em>V. vulgaris</em> of Europe.
  • Hence A sly, cunning fellow.
  • The gemmous dragonet: chiefly applied to the females and young males. Also called <internalXref urlencoded="foxfish">foxfish</internalXref>. [Local, Eng.]
  • <em>Nautical</em>, a seizing made by twisting several rope-yarns together and rubbing them down.
  • A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes, family <ex>Canidæ</ex>, of many species. The European fox (<spn>V. vulgaris</spn> or <spn>V. vulpes</spn>), the American red fox (<spn>V. fulvus</spn>), the American gray fox (<spn>V. Virginianus</spn>), and the arctic, white, or blue, fox (<spn>V. lagopus</spn>) are well-known species.
  • The European dragonet.
  • The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also <altname>sea fox</altname>. See Thrasher shark, under <er>Shark</er>.
  • A sly, cunning fellow.
  • Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar; -- used for seizings or mats.
  • A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a <ex>fox</ex> on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox.
  • A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs, formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin; -- called also <altname>Outagamies</altname>.
  • A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for them, one of which is called the <ex>fox</ex>, and the rest the <ex>geese</ex>; the <ex>fox</ex>, whose first position is in the middle of the board, endeavors to break through the line of the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox.
  • a large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus, of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and the East Indies, esp. <spn>P. medius</spn> of India. Some of the species are more than four feet across the outspread wings. See <er>Fruit bat</er>.
  • a bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge.
  • the tail of a fox.
  • a disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy.
  • the name of two species of American grapes. The northern fox grape (<spn>Vitis Labrusca</spn>) is the origin of the varieties called <stype>Isabella</stype>, <stype>Concord</stype>, <stype>Hartford</stype>, etc., and the southern fox grape (<spn>Vitis vulpina</spn>) has produced the <stype>Scuppernong</stype>, and probably the <stype>Catawba</stype>.
  • A horse ridden in a fox chase.
  • the thrasher shark. See Thrasher shark, under <er>Thrasher</er>.
  • pretended sleep.
  • a large American sparrow (<spn>Passerella iliaca</spn>); -- so called on account of its reddish color.
  • a large North American squirrel (<spn>Sciurus niger</spn>, or <spn>S. cinereus</spn>). In the Southern States the black variety prevails; farther north the fulvous and gray variety, called the <stype>cat squirrel</stype>, is more common.
  • one of a peculiar breed of terriers, used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes, and for other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired varieties.
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