[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vulpine


/ (ˈvʌlpaɪn) /


Also: vulpecular (vʌlˈpɛkjʊlə) of, relating to, or resembling a fox
possessing the characteristics often attributed to foxes; crafty, clever, etc

Word Origin for vulpine

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.

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