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Definition: Fox sparrow
(f[o^]ks), n.; pl. Foxes
. [AS. fox; akin to D. vos,
G. fuchs, OHG. fuhs, foha, Goth. fa['u]h[=o], Icel. f[=o]a
fox, fox fraud; of unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha tail. Cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes
, of many species. The European fox (V. vulgaris
or V. vulpes
), the American red fox (V. fulvus
), the American gray fox (V. Virginianus
the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V. lagopus
Note: The black or silver-gray fox is a variety of the
American red fox, producing a fur of great value; the
cross-gray and woods-gray foxes are other varieties of
the same species, of less value. The common foxes of
Europe and America are very similar; both are
celebrated for their craftiness. They feed on wild
birds, poultry, and various small animals.
Subtle as the fox for prey. --Shak.
2. (Zo["o]l.) The European dragonet.
3. (Zo["o]l.) The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also
. See Thrasher shark
, under Shark
4. A sly, cunning fellow. [Colloq.]
We call a crafty and cruel man a fox. --Beattie.
5. (Naut.) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar;
-- used for seizings or mats.
6. A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the
blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. [Obs.]
Thou diest on point of fox. --Shak.
7. pl. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs,
formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin;
-- called also Outagamies
Fox and geese
(a) A boy's game, in which one boy tries to catch others
as they run one goal to another.
(b) A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for
them, one of which is called the fox, and the rest the
geese; the fox, whose first position is in the middle
of the board, endeavors to break through the line of
the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox.
(Zo["o]l.), a large fruit bat of the genus
, of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and
the East Indies, esp. P. medius
of India. Some of the
species are more than four feet across the outspread
wings. See Fruit bat
, a bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge.
(Zo["o]l.), the tail of a fox.
, a disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy.
(Bot.), the name of two species of American
grapes. The northern fox grape (Vitis Labrusca
) is the
origin of the varieties called Isabella
, etc., and the southern fox grape (Vitis vulpina
) has produced the Scuppernong
, and probably the
(a) One who pursues foxes with hounds.
(b) A horse ridden in a fox chase.
(Zo["o]l.), the thrasher shark. See Thrasher shark
, under Thrasher
, pretended sleep.
(Zo["o]l.), a large American sparrow
); -- so called on account of its
(Zo["o]l.), a large North American squirrel
, or S. cinereus
). In the Southern
States the black variety prevails; farther north the
fulvous and gray variety, called the cat squirrel
(Zo["o]l.), one of a peculiar breed of
terriers, used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes,
and for other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired
, a pace like that which is adopted for a few
steps, by a horse, when passing from a walk into a trot,
or a trot into a walk.
(Mach. & Carpentry), a wedge for expanding the
split end of a bolt, cotter, dowel, tenon, or other piece,
to fasten the end in a hole or mortise and prevent
withdrawal. The wedge abuts on the bottom of the hole and
the piece is driven down upon it. Fastening by fox wedges
is called foxtail wedging.
(Zo["o]l.), one of several South American wild
dogs, belonging to the genus Canis
. They have long,
bushy tails like a fox.
, n. [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG.
sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sp["o]rr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw.
sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or
flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See Spurn
, and cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) One of many species of small singing birds of
the family Fringillig[ae]
, having conical bills, and
feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also
, and buntings
. The common sparrow, or house
sparrow, of Europe (Passer domesticus
) is noted for its
familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young,
and its fecundity. See House sparrow
, under House
Note: The following American species are well known; the
, or chippy
, the sage sparrow
the savanna sparrow
, the song sparrow
, the tree sparrow
, and the white-throated sparrow
). See these terms under Sage
2. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several small singing birds somewhat
resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the
European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge
He that doth the ravens feed,
Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
Be comfort to my age! --Shak.
, Fox sparrow
, etc. See under Field
, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a
(a) A small European hawk (Accipiter nisus
) or any of
the allied species.
(b) A small American falcon (Falco sparverius
(c) The Australian collared sparrow hawk (Accipiter torquatus
Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the
European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.
(Zo["o]l.), a small owl (Glaucidium passerinum
) found both in the Old World and the New. The
name is also applied to other species of small owls.
(Zo["o]l.), the female of the reed bunting.