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kit fox

  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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Historical Examples of kit-fox

  • 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

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


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

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