ἀλώπηξ

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Ancient Greek[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Presumably from earlier Proto-Hellenic *alōpēḱos, *alṓpāks. Some linguists have attempted derivation from Proto-Indo-European *h₂lōp-eh₂-s (stem *h₂lop-: Old Armenian աղուէս (ałuēs), Lithuanian lãpė and Latvian lapsa) but the many irregular variations on the word suggest a Mediterranean wanderword instead (compare Luwian ulipna-/walipna- 'fox' and Latin vulpēs (fox).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ἀλώπηξ (alṓpēks) (genitive ἀλώπεκος) f, third declension

  1. fox

Inflection[edit]

ἀλώπεξι (alṓpeksi) / ἀλώπεξιν (alṓpeksin) is also attested for the dative plural.

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