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Related to vulpine: fox, Rapha


1. Of, resembling, or characteristic of a fox.
2. Cunning; clever.

[Latin vulpīnus, from vulpēs, fox; see wl̥p-ē- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Zoology) Also: vulpecular of, relating to, or resembling a fox
2. possessing the characteristics often attributed to foxes; crafty, clever, etc
[C17: from Latin vulpīnus foxlike, from vulpēs a fox]


(ˈvʌl paɪn, -pɪn)

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a fox.
2. cunning or crafty.
[1620–30; < Latin vulpīnus, derivative of vulp(ēs) fox]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vulpine - resembling or characteristic of a foxvulpine - resembling or characteristic of a fox; "vulpine cunning"


[ˈvʌlpaɪn] ADJ (lit, fig) → vulpino


adjschlau, listig
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The wicked wolf that for a half a day had paralyzed London and set all the children in town shivering in their shoes, was there in a sort of penitent mood, and was received and petted like a sort of vulpine prodigal son.
I would see one of the clumsy bovine-creatures who worked the launch treading heavily through the undergrowth, and find myself asking, trying hard to recall, how he differed from some really human yokel trudging home from his mechanical labours; or I would meet the Fox-bear woman's vulpine, shifty face, strangely human in its speculative cunning, and even imagine I had met it before in some city byway.
Yet such is the vulpine slyness of Dame Nature, that, till now, Tess had been hoodwinked by her love for Clare into forgetting it might result in vitalizations that would inflict upon others what she had bewailed as misfortune to herself.
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Korea she had made into a granary and a colony; treaty privileges and vulpine diplomacy gave her the monopoly of Manchuria.
I remember that as we said good-bye, there was that in her smile that recalled the vulpine complacency of Mona Lisa, the Wise.
Sometimes one came near to my window, attracted by my light, barked a vulpine curse at me, and then retreated.
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