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[vuhl-pahyn, -pin] /ˈvʌl paɪn, -pɪn/
of or resembling a fox.
cunning or crafty.
Origin of vulpine
1620-30; < Latin vulpīnus, equivalent to vulp(ēs) fox + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged
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  • I have watched them cover their tracks with a cunning more than vulpine.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • What a kindness you have done me with your "vulpine sharpness."

  • But Napoleons vulpine diplomacy was again overruling Talleyrand.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • Pakenham looked from the one to the other, from the thin, vulpine face to the thin, leonine one.

    54-40 or Fight

    Emerson Hough
  • If so, do it; and avoid the vulpine kind, which I don't recommend.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets Thomas Carlyle
  • No vulpine contraction of the muzzle, such as would have suggested the sleuth and invited suspicion.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • I remember that as we said good-bye, there was that in her smile that recalled the vulpine complacency of Mona Lisa, the Wise.

    The Red One Jack London
  • But directly he was called, the deerhound came back to our heels, apparently not considering the vulpine race fair game.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • Even Fleetwood's devil, much addicted to cape and sword and ladder, the vulpine and the gryphine, rejected it.

  • Then, temporarily, his vulpine face showed avaricious hope, and then apprehension.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for vulpine


Also vulpecular (vʌlˈpɛkjʊlə). of, relating to, or resembling a fox
possessing the characteristics often attributed to foxes; crafty, clever, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vulpīnus foxlike, from vulpēs a fox
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Word Origin and History for vulpine

"pertaining to a fox, fox-like," 1620s, from Latin vulpinus "of or pertaining to a fox," from vulpes, earlier volpes (genitive vulpis, volpis) "fox," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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