Reynard

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From Old French renart (Modern renard (fox)), influenced by Middle Dutch Reynaerd[1], both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *Raginaharduz, from *raginą (decision, advice, counsel) + *harduz (hard, strong). Compare German Reinhard, Old High German Reginhart (strong in counsel)[2].

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Reynard

  1. (Britain) A name in European folklore for the red fox.
    • 1852 May, “Latitat” [pseudonym], “Anecdotes of Foxes”, in The Sportsman, London: Rogerson & Tuxford, OCLC 6684898, page 347:
      Reynard, in his thieving rambles, one night the summer before last visited the pleasure-gardens in Cornbury Park, and there he found and carried off a hen pheasant while sitting on her nest. The same evening a barn-door hen, with a nide of pheasants also disappeared.
  2. A surname​.

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