renard

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Etymology[edit]

The name of the fox in the medieval Roman de Renart. A Germanic personal name, from Proto-Germanic *raginą (counsel by the gods) + *harduz (hard, strong).

Replaced goupil (from Latin vulpecula) by euphemism (properly, antonomasia) – mentioning the fox by name was considered bad luck, so Renart replaced it. Compare English bear (from “brown”, in Proto-Indo-European) and Russian медведь (medvéd’, bear), literally “honey-eater”.

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renard m (plural renards, feminine renarde)

  1. fox

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