fauve

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Frankish (compare Dutch vaal).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fauve m (plural fauves)

  1. Any large feline, such as a lion or lynx.
    • 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince[1], Chapter I:
      Lorsque j’avais six ans j’ai vu, une fois, une magnifique image, dans un livre sur la forêt vierge qui s’appelait Histoires vécues. Ça représentait un serpent boa qui avalait un fauve.
      When I was six years old I saw, one time, a magnificent picture, in a book on the virgin forest called Stories lived. It was of a boa that was swallowing a large cat.
  2. Beast, wild animal.
  3. (figuratively) Violent, aggressive man or woman.
  4. A brownish orange color, tawny.

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Adjective[edit]

fauve m, f

  1. brownish