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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
flying fox
fox terrier
▪ These are the arctic fox and hen harrier assemblages, and there are three factors that suggest this deficit may be significant.
▪ To film arctic foxes facing up to the rigours of approaching winter.
▪ The geese seek protection from their enemy, the arctic fox.
▪ Closer by, red foxes scamper along Further Lane and deer browse near the front door.
▪ Loss of beachfront habitat and predation by domestic cats and introduced red foxes pushed the least tern to the brink of extinction.
▪ The children find an injured fox cub, and rear it.
▪ Read in studio Fifteen fox cubs have been handed into the care of a Wildlife Rescue Centre.
▪ Two fox cubs romped playfully on the bank.
▪ Calls to end hare and fox hunting were defeated.
▪ He said fox hunting was a cruel practice and should be condemned.
▪ Staff there were looking forward to the event until they realised that the Princess regularly went fox hunting.
▪ On a somewhat more controversial issue, Mr Milburn and Mr Bergg said they would support a ban on fox hunting.
▪ He had no strong views on fox hunting, he just went for a cheap day out.
▪ They were interested spectators while he played polo, went fishing or fox hunting.
▪ Their days of cruelty are numbered and the fewer days before fox hunting is banned the better.
▪ Time allowed 00:19 Read in studio Another county council has voted to ban fox hunting on publicly-owned land.
▪ The research also suggests that farmers overestimate the size of the fox population.
▪ Shooting is often proposed as a method of controlling the fox population.
▪ She's such a fox!
▪ Also invoked against eye trouble and foxes.
▪ Riding to hounds, taking fences and obstacles along a route dictated by the fox is a very skilled activity.
▪ The fox is merely after its dinner.
▪ The scornful rider gave the fox no chance to get well away.
▪ The whole pack raced behind on the scent of the fox.
▪ They ran through field after field, with the hounds all the time slowly gaining on the fox.
▪ Whereas foxes eat things other than rabbits, cheetahs eat only gazelles.
▪ Do we leave out dates to fox her?
▪ He planned to fox them by flying south and going out the same way he came in.
▪ His little puzzle of the speed of light has you completely foxed.
▪ The dire light and dark shadows foxed him.
▪ The guy had never foxed him or double-dealt him.
▪ The shapes, the foxing of hair.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dragonet \Drag"on*et\, n.

  1. A little dragon.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A small British marine fish ( Callionymuslyra); -- called also yellow sculpin, fox, and gowdie.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

name of an Algonquian people (confederated with the Sac after 1760), translating French renards, which itself may be a translation of an Iroquoian term meaning "red fox people." Their name for themselves is /meškwahki:-haki/ "red earths." French renard "fox" is from Reginhard, the name of the fox in old Northern European fables (as in Low German Reinke de Vos, but Chaucer in The Nun's Priest's Tale calls him Daun Russell); it is Germanic and means literally "strong in council, wily."


1660s, "to delude" (perhaps implied in Old English foxung "fox-like wile, craftiness"), from fox (n.). The same notion is implied in Old English verbal noun foxung "fox-like wile, craftiness;" and Middle English had foxerie "wiliness, trickery, deceit." Foxed in booksellers' catalogues (1847) means "stained with fox-colored marks" (rusty red-brown). In other contexts the past-participle adjective typically meant "drunk" (1610s).


Old English fox "a fox," from Proto-Germanic *fuhsaz "fox" (cognates Old Saxon vohs, Middle Dutch and Dutch vos, Old High German fuhs, German Fuchs, Old Norse foa, Gothic fauho), from Proto-Germanic *fuh-, from PIE *puk- "tail" (source also of Sanskrit puccha- "tail").\n

\nThe bushy tail also inspired words for "fox" in Welsh (llwynog, from llwyn "bush"); Spanish (raposa, from rabo "tail"); and Lithuanian (uodegis, from uodega "tail"). Metaphoric extension to "clever person" was in late Old English. Meaning "sexually attractive woman" is from 1940s; but foxy in this sense is recorded from 1895. A fox-tail was anciently one of the badges of a fool (late 14c.).\n

\nA late Old English translation of the Medicina de Quadrupedibus of Sextus Placitus advises, for women "who suffer troubles in their inward places, work for them into a salve a foxes limbs and his grease, with old oil and with tar; apply to the womens places; quickly it healeth the troubles." It also recommends, for sexual intercourse without irritation, "the extremest end of a foxes tail hung upon the arm." Rubbing a fox's testicles on warts was supposed a means to get rid of them.


n. 1 A red fox, small carnivore (''Vulpes vulpes''), related to dogs and wolves, with red or silver fur and a bushy tail. 2 Any of numerous species of small wild canids resembling the red fox. In the taxonomy they form the tribe Vulpini within the family Canidae, consisting of nine genera (see the http://en.wikipedi

  1. org/wiki/Fox). 3 The fur of a fox. 4 A fox terrier. 5 The (vern gemmeous dragonet pedia=1), a fish, (taxlink Callionymus lyra species noshow=1), so called from its yellow color. 6 A cunning person. 7 (lb en slang) A physically attractive man or woman. 8 (lb en nautical) A small strand of rope made by twisting several rope-yarns together. Used for seizings, mats, sennits, and gaskets. 9 (lb en mechanics) A wedge driven into the split end of a bolt to tighten it. 10 (lb en obsolete) A sword; so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. v

  2. 1 (context transitive English) To trick, fool or outwit (someone) by cunning or ingenuity. 2 (context transitive English) To confuse or baffle (someone). 3 (context intransitive English) To act slyly or craftily. 4 (context intransitive English) To discolour paper. Fox marks are spots on paper caused by humidity. 5 (context transitive English) To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment. 6 (context intransitive English) To turn sour; said of beer, et

  3. , when it sours in fermenting. 7 (context transitive English) To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink. 8 (context transitive English) To repair (boots) with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.

  1. v. deceive somebody; "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week" [syn: trick, fob, pull a fast one on, play a trick on]

  2. be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher" [syn: confuse, throw, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate]

  3. become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots

  1. n. alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs

  2. a shifty deceptive person [syn: dodger, slyboots]

  3. the gray or reddish-brown fur of a fox

  4. English statesman who supported American independence and the French Revolution (1749-1806) [syn: Charles James Fox]

  5. English religious leader who founded the Society of Friends (1624-1691) [syn: George Fox]

  6. a member of an Algonquian people formerly living west of Lake Michigan along the Fox River

  7. the Algonquian language of the Fox people

Fox, AK -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Alaska
Population (2000): 300
Housing Units (2000): 159
Land area (2000): 13.601285 sq. miles (35.227166 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 13.601285 sq. miles (35.227166 sq. km)
FIPS code: 26870
Located within: Alaska (AK), FIPS 02
Location: 64.953979 N, 147.628325 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Fox, AK

Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, omnivorous mammals belonging to several genera of the family Canidae. Foxes are slightly smaller than a medium-size domestic dog, with a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout, and a long bushy tail (or brush).

Twelve species belong to the monophyletic group of Vulpes genus of "true foxes". Approximately another 25 current or extinct species are always or sometimes called foxes; these foxes are either part of the paraphyletic group of the South American foxes, or of the outlying group, which consists of bat-eared fox, gray fox, and island fox. Foxes are found on every continent except Antarctica. By far the most common and widespread species of fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) with about 47 recognized subspecies. The global distribution of foxes, together with their widespread reputation for cunning, has contributed to their prominence in popular culture and folklore in many societies around the world. The hunting of foxes with packs of hounds, long an established pursuit in Europe, especially in the British Isles, was exported by European settlers to various parts of the New World.

Fox (disambiguation)

The fox is a common name for many species of alert omnivorous mammals belonging to the family Canidae.

Fox or foxes may also refer to:

Fox (crater)

Fox is a small lunar crater on the far side of the Moon. It lies near the northern rim of the crater Wyld, and to the southeast of Babcock. This crater is bowl-shaped, with a roughly circular rim, simple sloping walls and a relatively level, featureless interior. There is some talus along the northern inner wall.

Fox (UK and Ireland)

FOX UK is a television channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland, owned by 21st Century Fox. It launched on 12 January 2004 and was originally known as FX (in line with the American channel of the same name). Featuring a mix of animated comedies and American drama series, the channel's age demographic is adults aged 18 to 35 years old.

Fox (band)

Fox was a British-based pop band popular in the mid-1970s. Led by American songwriter and record producer Kenny Young, the band was perhaps best known for its charismatic Australian lead singer Noosha Fox (Susan Traynor).

Fox (TV series)

Fox is a British television drama series produced by Euston Films and Thames Television for the ITV network in 1980.

The thirteen-part series recounted the lives of the titular Fox family, who lived in London and had gangland connections.

The series was written by Trevor Preston, produced by Verity Lambert and directed by Jim Goddard.

Fox (comics)

The Fox is the name of two fictional superheroes that appear in periodicals published by MLJ Comics and later Dark Circle Comics.

Fox (clothing)

Fox is an Israel-based fashion chain specializing in women's, men's, children's, and babies' fashions: FOX, FOX MEN, FOX KIDS, FOX HOME and FOX BABY.

Fox (Italy)

Fox is an Italian Entertainment TV channel, owned and produced by Fox Networks Group and broadcast in Italy by Sky Italia on Channel 111. Timeshifts of the channel are available at channel 112 (+1) and 141 (+2) Launched in 2003, it broadcasts international TV series in Italian and English.

In 2009, it started broadcasting in HD.

Fox (code word)

Fox is a brevity code used by NATO pilots to signal the simulated or actual release of an air-to-air munition or other combat function. Army aviation elements may use a different nomenclature, as the nature of helicopter-fired weapons is almost always air-to-surface. 'Fox' is short for 'foxtrot', the phonetic designation for the letter 'F', which is short for 'fire'. The radio call announcing that a weapon has been fired is intended to help avoid friendly fire, cuing other pilots to ensure that they do not maneuver into the path of harm.

There are four variations of the Fox brevity word, with a number added to the end of Fox to describe the primary type of sensors the launched munition possesses (if applicable). In addition, a separate brevity word for gunfire exists and is grouped with the four Fox codes for convenience.

  • Fox One - Indicates launch of a semi-active radar-guided missile (such as the AIM-7 Sparrow).
  • Fox Two - Indicates launch of an infrared-guided missile (such as the AIM-9 Sidewinder).
  • Fox Three - Indicates launch of an active radar-guided missile (such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-54 Phoenix).
  • Fox Four - Historical term indicating air-to-air or air-to-surface cannon fire. The term in current usage is Guns, Guns, Guns.
Fox (boat)

The Fox was a specially built surfboat to be rowed across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Fox was custom built in 1896 by William A. Seaman at Seaman Sea Skiffs of Branchport, New Jersey for Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo of Highlands, New Jersey. The boat was named Fox for the financial backer Richard Kyle Fox (1846-1922) owner of the "pink tabloid", Police Gazette.

William A. Seaman was well known for building the seaworthy Nauvoo surf boat. He built the Fox with watertight compartments and hand rails on the keel, for righting the boat if capsized at sea. This feature would be used at least once in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during heavy seas.

The original Fox is lost, but in 1975 a replica of the Fox was built by the Long Branch Ice Boat and Yacht Club (LBIBYC) of New Jersey with the participation of Harold L. Seaman, son of the boat builder. As a youngster, Harold Seaman backed-up most of the rivets during construction of the original Fox. At age 91, he provided a full set of plans reconstructed "from old photographs, shop records and memory, lines and measurements, correct within a fraction of an inch" .

Fox (Turkey)

Fox TV is a television channel broadcasting in Turkey, and was associated with Fox Broadcasting Company. The history of the television channel began in 1993 under the name TGRT. The channel broadcast both local and foreign programs, with the latter being broadcast as a dubbed program, rather than in original language.

Since July 2012, Fox TV broadcast in 16:9.

Fox (album)

Fox is the debut album by the band of the same name released in 1975. The cover photography was by Gered Mankowitz.

Fox (surname)

Fox or Foxe or Foxx is a surname originating in England and Ireland. The derivation is from the Middle English "fox", itself coming from the Old English pre 7th century "fox". The surname first appears on record in the latter part of the 13th century, with the first recorded spelling in 1273 to be that of John Fox in the "Hundred Rolls of Yorkshire", England. In Ireland, Fox is mainly an Anglicised form of the Old Gaelic "Mac a'tSionnaigh" (son of the Fox).

Fox (Spain)

Fox is a Spanish television channel owned by Fox International. The channel broadcasts American imports with both Spanish and English audio soundtracks.

Fox (film)

Fox is a 2009 Bollywood film written and directed by Deepak Tijori, starring Arjun Rampal and Sunny Deol in the lead roles. The film was released on 29 August 2009 and is said to be inspired from Hollywood film A Murder of Crows (1999).

Fox (channel)

Fox is a brand name used by a number of different television channels throughout the world, all owned or licensed by 21st Century Fox.

Fox (Portugal)

Fox Portugal (marketed and commonly known as FOX) is a Portuguese basic cable and satellite television channel. It broadcasts syndicated TV shows such as Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, Bones, The Walking Dead, The Simpsons, and NCIS: Los Angeles. It is owned by 21st Century Fox. Its main competitor is AXN.

Fox (Poland)

Fox is a Polish TV channel which broadcasts mainly American series produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Fox HD was launched on November 6, 2010 at 20:00. Since that day it has been available in two DTH platforms: n and Cyfrowy Polsat. SD version of the channel was launched in January 2011 and is available in cable television companies and since February 2011 also in Cyfrowy Polsat. The channel's accessibility is being expanded.

Fox (automobile company)

The Fox Motor Company was an automobile company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1921–1923.

Fox (India)

__NOTOC__ Fox is an Indian television channel, owned and produced by Fox Networks Group. It was launched on 22 November 2008. The channel is available on DTH and cable.

Fox (Finland)

Fox (formerly SuomiTV) is a Finnish entertainment TV channel owned and produced by Fox Networks Group (FNG) Nordic. The channel was acquired by FNG Nordic in January 2012, and then relaunched as the current incarnation on April 16 that year.

Fox is freely available in Finland both over-the-air and through cable, as it bases its funding on television advertisements. It is FIC Nordic's first channel that does not operate on subscriber fees.

Fox (Greece)

Fox is Fox International Channels' global flagship general entertainment basic cable channel, and is available in 31 local languages in over 206 million homes across 125 countries outside the U.S.

The brand is synonymous with groundbreaking Hollywood entertainment and delivers a varied programming schedule that includes comedy, drama, science fiction, action and animation. FOX offers international viewers exclusive, original and breakthrough series such as The Simpsons, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Homeland, Da Vinci’s Demons, and 24. Top U.S. acquired product sits alongside a growing roster of original programming and local productions.

Fox launched in Greece on 1 October 2012 replacing FX. The channel is available to subscribers of NOVA Greece, OTE TV, Vodafone TV and Cytavision. The channel also broadcasts in Cyprus with the same schedule as Greece and it is available to subscribers of NOVA Cyprus, CytaVision and Cablenet and PrimeTel PLC.

The channel's program includes foreign series such as The Walking Dead, Homeland, 24: Live Another Day, Sons of Anarchy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and many more.

Fox (Balkans)

Fox is a television channel available in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, owned by the Fox Broadcasting Company, launched on 15 October 2012. It is presenting to viewers a selected mixture of popular shows by Fox, BBC, ABC and Freeform. Since 9 May 2013, the channel has been available in HD.

Fox (Netherlands)

Fox is a Dutch general entertainment channel owned by Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV in which Fox International Channels Benelux has a 51% share. It launched on 19 August 2013. The channel has a line-up consisting of television series, sporting events and films.

Fox (Hungary)

Fox is a basic cable television channel broadcasting in Hungary, operated by Fox International Channels and launched on 4 February 2014.

Fox (Norway)

Fox is a Norwegian entertainment television channel owned and produced by Fox Networks Group (FNG) Nordic. It was launched on March 21, 2012 as Fox Crime, and changed to current name on July 1, 2013.

Fox (Arabia)

Fox Arabia HD (formerly Fox Series or Fox Middle East) is a Middle East version of the American Fox Channel. It launched in 2006. The channel was relaunched as Fox on March 1, 2011. Fox is jointly owned by Fox International Channels Middle East.

Usage examples of "fox".

For when it is stated, for instance, that the German Spitz dog unites more easily than other dogs with foxes, or that certain South American indigenous domestic dogs do not readily cross with European dogs, the explanation which will occur to everyone, and probably the true one, is that these dogs have descended from several aboriginally distinct species.

The braziers began giving off a thick, resinous, overly sweet smoke with something astringent to it but I had no way of knowing if it was, in fact, the perfume the grimoire had specified for operations ruled by the planet Mercury: a mixture of mastic, frankincense, cinquefoil, achates, and the dried and powdered brains of a fox.

Fox himself seems to have felt that his cause was not a good one, for after replying to the arguments adduced in favour of the propositions, by Pitt and his supporters, and vindicating himself from the notion of being influenced in his opinion by the favour of the prince, he made a personal attack on the minister, accusing him with sacrificing the principles of the constitution to his lust of power.

Tell me who He is, why He allows the foulest hyenas of our society to run amuck while decent men and women cower in terror behind Fox locks and Dictograph systems.

These and sundry other sins having duly been confessed, the badger bade the fox chastise himself with a switch plucked from the hedge, lay it down in the road, jump over it thrice, and then meekly kiss that rod in token of obedience.

I was enjoying the effect this bold stroke had made on the company, when young Fox came in and with a roar of laughter begged me to lend him fifty Louis.

Bewailing her sorrowful doom, Bewailing her trouble so sore, For old Mr Fox is no more.

Fox hired John Ellis, and John Ellis, who is obviously biased, called the election for Bush.

Curling himself up in a corner Blinky decided to have a sleep, as chasing Madam Hare and fighting Mrs Flying Fox had made him very tired.

Being, at the same time, in funds, and able to satisfy his taste as a virtuoso, he felt the need of and bought a violin for ten dollars, but, Fox urging upon him the desirability of getting a good one while he was about it, was finally persuaded to purchase the Bott violin for twenty dollars in its stead.

But the local folk put out bits of raw meat into which they had put a quantity of powdered bugloss herb, and that was what made the wolves and foxes blind and addled, to totter helplessly about in broad daylight.

Fox would have to be lured from the Opposition to their side, but Bute believed that Fox was ambitious enough to accept the offer.

Henry Fox, seeing the way trends were going and by allying himself with Bute he was naturally catching some of the odium which was showered on that nobleman saw no reason why he should continue in office.

Tom Cadge slept blissfully on in the backseat, and Shar contemplated the Gate from the hood of the car, a fox of white jade wrapped in shiny silver gift wrap.

Next morning, young Fox came to see me with the two Englishmen I had seen at M.