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[vuhl-pahyn, -pin]
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  1. of or resembling a fox.
  2. cunning or crafty.
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Origin of vulpine

1620–30; < Latin vulpīnus, equivalent to vulp(ēs) fox + -īnus -ine1
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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for vulpine


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

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