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vulpine

[ vuhl-pahyn, -pin ]
/ ˈvʌl paɪn, -pɪn /
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adjective

of or resembling a fox.
cunning or crafty.

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Origin of vulpine

First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin vulpīnus, equivalent to vulp(ēs) “fox” + -īnus adjective suffix; see origin at -ine1; from the same root as Greek alṓpēx and alōpós “fox”
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British Dictionary definitions for vulpine

vulpine
/ (ˈvʌlpaɪn) /

adjective

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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