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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Definitions for vulpine

  1. of or resembling a fox.
  2. cunning or crafty.

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Citations for vulpine
[Roald] Dahl’s vulpine hero is a beast of operatic dimensions—in his battle to save his family from such pernicious adversaries as Farmer Bunce he loses his enviable tail—and Scarfe has made him even more dashing. Emily Nunn, "Slyboots," The New Yorker, November 16, 1998
Her immense gray eyes looked vulpine and northerly, as if I should see snowdrifts reflected in them. Sabina Murray, A Carnivore's Inquiry, 2004
Origin of vulpine
Vulpine comes from Latin vulpīnus, an adjective derived from vulpēs “fox.” The Latin noun also has the sense “cunning, crafty person.” Vulpēs is related to Greek alṓpēx and alōpós “fox” and less clearly to other Indo-European languages (taboo forms for wolf and fox are common in ancient Indo-European languages). Vulpine entered English in the 17th century.
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