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1. A female fox.
a. A woman regarded as sexually alluring.
b. A woman regarded as quarrelsome or ill-tempered.
[From dialectal alteration of Middle English fixen, from Old English fyxe.]
Word History: In the traditional dialects of Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall, counties of southern England, words that begin with the voiceless fricative sounds (f) and (s) are pronounced instead with voicing, as (v) and (z). (The local rendering of the county name Somerset, in fact, is "Zomerzet.") The voicing is due to a Middle English sound change and may have roots even earlier. At least three examples of this dialectal pronunciation have entered standard English: vat, vane, and vixen. The first of these is a variant of an earlier word fat; the pronunciation with (f) was still used in the 1800s before being displaced by the southern pronunciation (văt). Vane, which used to mean "flag," has a cognate in the German word for "flag," Fahne, showing the original f. Vixen, finally, represents the southern pronunciation of a word that goes back to Old English fyxe, the feminine of fox. It was formed by a change in the root vowel of fox and the addition of a suffix -e or -en. Besides being one of the rare southern English dialect forms to have come into standard English, vixen is also the only survival of this type of feminine noun in the modern language.
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1. (Animals) a female fox
2. a quarrelsome or spiteful woman
[C15: fixen; related to Old English fyxe, feminine of fox; compare Old High German fuhsīn]
ˈvixenly adv, adj
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1. a female fox.
2. an ill-tempered or quarrelsome woman.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (south); replacing earlier fixen, Middle English (north), for Old English fyxe, feminine of fox fox (compare Old High German fuhsin vixen)]
vix′en•ish, vix′en•ly, adj.
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|Noun||1.||vixen - a malicious woman with a fierce temper|
|2.||vixen - a female fox|
fox - alert carnivorous mammal with pointed muzzle and ears and a bushy tail; most are predators that do not hunt in packs
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noun shrew, fury, spitfire, virago, harpy, scold, harridan, termagant (rare), hellcat, Xanthippe, ballbreaker (slang) She claims she has been caricatured as a vampish vixen by the press.
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a female fox. The vixen was followed by her cubs. jakkalswyfie ثَعْلَبَه лисица raposa liška die Füchsin hunræv θηλυκή αλεπού zorra emarebane روباه ماده naaraskettu renarde שוּעָלָה लोमड़ी lisica nőstény róka rubah betina refalæða volpe 雌ぎつね 암여우 lapė lapsu mātīte musang betina moervoshunnrev, revetispelisica ګيدړه، لومبړه: بدخلقي او ناندرۍ وهونكې ښځه raposa vulpe самка лисы líška lisica lisica rävhona สุนัขจิ้งจอกตัวเมีย dişi tilki 母狐 лисиця مادہ لومڑي con chồn cái 雌狐
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