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kit fox

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noun
  1. either of two small gray foxes, Vulpes macrotis and V. velox, found on plains and in open, sandy areas of western North America, commercially valuable for their fur.
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Origin of kit fox

1795–1805, Americanism; probably special use of kit3
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  • Little, dried-up geezer with a nose like a kit-fox's and a whine to his voice.

    The Uphill Climb

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for kit-fox

kit fox

noun
  1. another name for swift fox
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Word Origin and History for kit-fox

n.

1812, perhaps from a shortening of kitten, in reference to smallness.

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