vixen

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Etymology[edit]

Alteration of fixen ‎(female fox), from Middle English fixen, from Old English fixen, *fyxen, fyxe ‎(female fox), from Proto-Germanic *fuhsinjō ‎(female fox). Voiced v- is from Southern dialect. Compare German Füchsin ‎(female fox). See also fox.

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vixen ‎(plural vixens)

  1. A female fox.
  2. A malicious, quarrelsome or temperamental woman.
    • 1859:, George Eliot. Adam Bede: page 54. Köln: Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, 1999:
      . . . and if Solomon was as wise as he is reputed to be, I feel sure that when he compared a contentious woman to a contiunal dropping on a very rainy day, he had not a vixen in his eye–a fury with long nails, acrid and selfish.
  3. (colloquial) A racy or salacious woman.

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  • (female fox): fox

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