fennec

[fen-ek]

Origin of fennec

1780–90; < Arabic fanak < Persian
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fennec

noun
  1. a very small nocturnal fox, Fennecus zerda, inhabiting deserts of N Africa and Arabia, having pale fur and enormous ears

Word Origin for fennec

C18: from Arabic fenek fox
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Word Origin and History for fennec
n.

fox-like animal of Africa, 1790, from Arabic fenek, fanak "a name vaguely applied to various fur-bearing animals" [OED].

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