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  • The Fox and the Grapes
    The Fox and the Grapes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fox become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots
    • v fox 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"
    • v fox deceive somebody "We tricked the teacher into thinking that class would be cancelled next week"
    • n fox alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
    • n Fox the Algonquian language of the Fox
    • n Fox a member of an Algonquian people formerly living west of Lake Michigan along the Fox River
    • n fox a shifty deceptive person
    • n Fox English religious leader who founded the Society of Friends (1624-1691)
    • n Fox English statesman who supported American independence and the French Revolution (1749-1806)
    • n fox the grey or reddish-brown fur of a fox
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Fox and the Mosquitoes The Fox and the Mosquitoes
The Fox and the Mask The Fox and the Mask
The Fox without a Tail The Fox without a Tail
The Hen and the Fox The Hen and the Fox
The princess saves the white fox The princess saves the white fox
Fox and Geese Fox and Geese
Fox and two kits Fox and two kits

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the english language
    • Fox (Zoöl) A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes, family Canidæ, of many species. The European fox (V. vulgaris or V. vulpes), the American red fox (V. fulvus), the American gray fox (V. Virginianus), and the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V. lagopus) are well-known species. "Subtle as the fox for prey."
    • Fox A sly, cunning fellow. "We call a crafty and cruel man a fox ."
    • Fox A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. "Thou diest on point of fox ."
    • Fox (Ethnol) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs, formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin; -- called also Outagamies.
    • Fox (Naut) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar; -- used for seizings or mats.
    • Fox (Zoöl) The European dragonet.
    • Fox (Zoöl) The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.
    • Fox To intoxicate; to stupefy with drink. "I drank . . . so much wine that I was almost foxed ."
    • Fox To make sour, as beer, by causing it to ferment.
    • Fox To repair the feet of, as of boots, with new front upper leather, or to piece the upper fronts of.
    • v. i Fox To turn sour; -- said of beer, etc., when it sours in fermenting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Giant flying foxes, which are a type of bat, that live in Indonesia have wingspans of nearly six feet
    • n fox A carnivorous quadruped of the family Canidœ and of the vulpine or alope-coid series of canines, especially of the restricted genus Vulpes, as V. vulgaris of Europe. This animal is much smaller than the wolf, with a pointed muzzle, erect ears, elongated pupils of the eyes, long, straight, bushy tail tipped with white, and mostly reddish-yellow or fulvous pelage. It is proverbially cunning, burrows in the ground, preys on lambs, poultry, and other small animals, and is the principal object of the chase in some countries, as Great Britain. It is more fully known as the red fox, and runs into several varieties, as the crossfox, silver or silver-gray fox, black fox, etc. The common fox of North America is very similar to the red fox of Europe, being probably not speciflcally distinct. There are many other true foxes, or species of Vulpes proper, in different parts of the world, one of the most notable of which is the arctic fox or isatis, V. lagopus, which is of a dark color, and turns white in winter. (See cut of arctic fox, under arctic.) The corsak or adive (V. corsac) of Tatary and India is one of a group of small foxes, represented in North America by the kit or swift fox, V. velox. (See cut under corsak.) The gray fox of the United States is sufficiently different to have been placed in another genus, Urocyon (as U. cinereo-argentatus), to which the coast-fox of California (U.littoralis) also belongs. (The related animals of South America are thooid, not alopecoid, and are known as fox-wolves, of the genera Lycalopex and Pseudalopex.) The fennecs are small African foxes, closely allied to Vulpes proper, but commonly placed in a different genus, Fennecus. (See cut under fennec.) Resembling these externally, but structurally different, is the African fox, Megalotis or Otocyon lalandi, a generalized from representing a different subfamily Megalotinœ. The tail of the fox is called the brush. In the English Bible the word fox refers in some places to the jackal, in others to the fox. See reynard.
    • n fox Hence A sly, cunning fellow.
    • n fox The gemmous dragonet: chiefly applied to the females and young males. Also called foxfish. [Local, Eng.]
    • n fox Nautical, a seizing made by twisting several rope-yarns together and rubbing them down.
    • fox To hunt the fox.
    • fox To employ crafty means; act with dissimulation.
    • fox To steal.
    • fox To become discolored: said of timber or of paper. See foxed, foxfire.
    • fox To turn sour: said of beer when it sours in fermenting.
    • fox To make sour, as beer in fermenting.
    • fox To intoxicate; fuddle; stupefy.
    • fox To become drunk.
    • fox To repair, as a shoe, by renewing the front upper-leather; also, to cover the upper of (a shoe) with a piece of ormnamental leather.
    • n fox A sword.
    • n fox A drain carried under another watercourse by means of a depressed culvert forming an inverted siphon. Commonly called a dip-culvert or a dive-culvert.
    • n fox One of the northern constellations (Vulpecula), situated between the Constellations Of the Swan and the Dolphin.
    • n fox A freshman in a German university.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver 15; fox 15 to 25; ermine 150; chinchilla 60 to 100.
    • n Fox foks an animal of the family Canidæ, genus Vulpes, of proverbial cunning
    • ***


  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Many foxes grow gray but few grow good.”
  • Proverb
    “When a fox preaches, take care of your geese.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “With foxes we must play the fox.”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.”


Sly as a fox - Someone who is as sly as a fox is cunning and experienced and can get what they want, often in an underhand way.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fox,; akin to D. vos, G. fuchs, OHG. fuhs, foha, Goth. faúhō, Icel. fōa, fox, fox, fraud; of unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha, tail. Cf. Vixen
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fox; Ger. fuchs.


In literature:

Of this class are the Marten and the Northern Fox.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Could tell you the best place to hunt foxes.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
To Walpole Fox attached himself, politically and personally, with the ardor which belonged to his temperament.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Even de white fox is better, an' de white fox is mor' differ' as all de fox.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
Among fox-hunters we can trace a long line of statesmen, from William of Orange to Pitt and Fox.
"A New Illustrated Edition of J. S. Rarey's Art of Taming Horses" by J. S. Rarey
But those tam was some good fox an' some bad fox.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
And our friends the Fox, the Yellow Earth People, came to be our allies and to unite with us.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Then the fox who had been standing outside went away, and the man, too, went home for the night.
"Aino Folk-Tales" by Basil Hall Chamberlain
Horses, men, and hounds had hurried by in the early morning, and with their scent was mingled that of a fleeing fox.
"Creatures of the Night" by Alfred W. Rees
Now they began to play "Fox and Geese," and everybody wanted Viggo to be the fox.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
They chased it and chased it, but the fox kept on escaping, and the hounds could not run it down.
"Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales" by Anonymous
He would see his tribe wise as the fox and brave as the great bear.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
One would not think that an animal so well defended as the Hedgehog need fear becoming the prey of the Fox.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
The silver foxes resemble other foxes, but are yellow, fire-red or white in color.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The preservation of a fox, he said, stood on a perfectly different basis.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Foxes seldom broke from Ballytowngal, or if they did they ran to Moytubber.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Mr. Fox said as much to Harry just the other day.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
At a safe distance from them, in a bamboo thicket, father fox and mother fox sat looking sadly after their little cub.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
There's always a many on 'em at Albury, but I never knew an Albury fox worth his grub yet.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Margaretta, or Margaret, Fox, as she always signs herself, was born in the year 1840, and Catherine Fox a year and a half later.
"The Death-Blow to Spiritualism" by Reuben Briggs Davenport

In poetry:

"Who hates not Bavius, let him also love
Thy songs, O Maevius, ay, and therewithal
Yoke foxes to his car, and he-goats milk."
"Eclogue 3: Menalcas Daemoetas Palaemon" by Publius Vergilius Maro
"Who hates not Bavius, let him also love
Thy songs, O Maevius, ay, and therewithal
Yoke foxes to his car, and he-goats milk."
"Eclogue III " by Virgil
Now woods have overgrown the mead,
And hid the cliffs from sight;
There shrieks the hovering hawk at noon,
And prowls the fox at night.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
These, with symbolic blooms
Of wind-flower and wild-phlox,
I found among the glooms
Of hill-lost woods and rocks,
Lairs of the mink and fox.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein
The moon shone out, the stars were gay.
He saw the foxes run and play.
He rent his garments, he rolled around
In deep repentance on the ground.
"How Samson Bore Away The Gates Of Gaza" by Vachel Lindsay
Till, with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox
It enters the dark hole of the head.
The window is starless still; the clock ticks,
The page is printed.
"The Thought-Fox" by Ted Hughes

In news:

View full size AP Photo/Fox Searchlight In this film image released by Fox Searchlight, Chris Denham, center, and Brit Marling are shown in a scene from Sound of my Voice.
Fox celebrated the musical series' milestone performance Wednesday as the cast, crew and Fox and Columbia Records executives reflected on some of their favorite performances.
FOX unveils "FOX NOW" apps suite.
Gawker's anonymous 'Fox Mole' posted his first dispatch about the goings-on behind the scenes at Fox News on April 10 at 3:11PM.
Reverend Russell was particularly keen on fox hunting and developed a well-known strain of Fox Terriers.
Proposals in the General Assembly would ban fox penning, a little-known practice in which wild foxes are trapped, placed in fenced, wooded areas and chased by hounds.
A DreamWorks (in North America)/20th Century Fox (international) release of a DreamWorks Pictures and 20th Century Fox presentation of a Zanuck Co.
Fox's Benghazi story punctured on Fox.
Two colors have been selected for 2012: ' Red Fox Salsa Dark Red' and ' Red Fox Salsa Pink.
Roger Ailes, president of Fox News, in the Fox TV control room.
Brad Fox's K-9 partner given to Fox family.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: This is a "Fox News Alert".
Pictured are, top row from left, Coaches Drew Bowers, Steve Fox, Scott Bowers, Tony Fox and Steve Crowder.
Fox News has accepted an ad that takes on Fox's parent company, News Corp.
Don't know if Meredith would be able to acquire the Reno Fox affiliate and owning the Las Vegas Fox affiliatte.

In science:

Observations in the optical range from Hubble Space Telescope (HST) (Fox et al. 2005) (see Fig. 1.19) and from several ground-based observatories followed.
Statistical Analysis of the Observable Data of Gamma-Ray Bursts
Later on, however, Rutledge & Fox (2004) and - independentely - Wigger et al. (2004), reanalysed these data and found several inconsistencies within the used methodology.
Statistical Analysis of the Observable Data of Gamma-Ray Bursts
Fox and Milnor first defined the knot concordance group C in [FM66]; they were interested in removing singularities of piecewise–linear surfaces in a 4-manifold: a singularity is removable if a piecewise–linear sphere centred on the singularity intersects the surface in a slice knot.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
The free differential calculus (Definition 3.3), due to Fox ([Fox62]), is a formalism that tells us which chain this path is in C1 ( eX ).
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
The formula then follows using the inductive definition of the Fox derivative.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
For example, the proof that the Alexander polynomial of a slice knot factorises as f (t)f (t−1 ) uses duality; this was the first slice obstruction described in the original paper of Fox and Milnor on knot concordance [FM66].
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
Fox’s articles. To conclude let us emphasize that the Random-citing model is used not to ridicule the scientists, but because it can be exactly solved using available mathematical methods, while yielding a better match with data than any existing model.
Theory of citing
We introduce (n, q)-finite invariants, which are generalizations of finite-type invariants based on Fox’s (n, q) congruence classes of knots.
On knot invariants which are not of finite type
In this section we use Fox’s notion of (n, q) congruence of knots to generalize finitetype invariants.
On knot invariants which are not of finite type
Before defining (n, q)-finite invariants, however, we recall the definition of (n, q)-congruence classes of links (see Fox, Nakanishi and Suzuki, Przytycki ).
On knot invariants which are not of finite type
The Alexander Module is a good tool for constructing invariants of (n, q) congruence, and this is done by Fox as well as Nakanishi and Suzuki.
On knot invariants which are not of finite type
It has effectively been shown (Gilman & Fox, 1997, 1999; Dikpati & Gilman, 1999) that there exists a joint instability between latitudinal differential rotation and toroidal magnetic fields.
The solar tachocline and its variation (?)
An efficient algorithm to perform the same operation has been given by Fox et al. and is called an expand operation (see Appendix A for the details).
Implementation of parallel algorithms for 2D vortex dynamics simulation in type-II superconductors
This operation of summing is called fold and can be performed optimally by Fox’s algorithm (see Appendix B).
Implementation of parallel algorithms for 2D vortex dynamics simulation in type-II superconductors
The expand algorithm by Fox et al. can be inverted to obtain a simple and optimal method to perform fold operation (also see ref. ).
Implementation of parallel algorithms for 2D vortex dynamics simulation in type-II superconductors