fox sparrow


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Fox \Fox\ (f[o^]ks), n.; pl. Foxes. [AS. fox; akin to D. vos,
   G. fuchs, OHG. fuhs, foha, Goth. fa['u]h[=o], Icel. f[=o]a
   fox, fox fraud; of unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha tail. Cf.
   Vixen.]
   1. (Zool.) A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes, family
      Canid[ae], of many species. The European fox ({V.
      vulgaris} or V. vulpes), the American red fox ({V.
      fulvus}), the American gray fox (V. Virginianus), and
      the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V. lagopus) are
      well-known species.
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   Note: The black or silver-gray fox is a variety of the
         American red fox, producing a fur of great value; the
         cross-gray and woods-gray foxes are other varieties of
         the same species, of less value. The common foxes of
         Europe and America are very similar; both are
         celebrated for their craftiness. They feed on wild
         birds, poultry, and various small animals.
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               Subtle as the fox for prey.        --Shak.
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   2. (Zool.) The European dragonet.
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   3. (Zool.) The fox shark or thrasher shark; -- called also
      sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.
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   4. A sly, cunning fellow. [Colloq.]
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            We call a crafty and cruel man a fox. --Beattie.
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   5. (Naut.) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar;
      -- used for seizings or mats.
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   6. A sword; -- so called from the stamp of a fox on the
      blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. [Obs.]
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            Thou diest on point of fox.           --Shak.
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   7. pl. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs,
      formerly occupied the region about Green Bay, Wisconsin;
      -- called also Outagamies.
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   Fox and geese.
      (a) A boy's game, in which one boy tries to catch others
          as they run one goal to another.
      (b) A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for
          them, one of which is called the fox, and the rest the
          geese; the fox, whose first position is in the middle
          of the board, endeavors to break through the line of
          the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox.

   Fox bat (Zool.), a large fruit bat of the genus Pteropus,
      of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and the East
      Indies, esp. P. medius of India. Some of the species are
      more than four feet across the outspread wings. See {Fruit
      bat}.

   Fox bolt, a bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge.
      

   Fox brush (Zool.), the tail of a fox.

   Fox evil, a disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy.
      

   Fox grape (Bot.), the name of two species of American
      grapes. The northern fox grape (Vitis Labrusca) is the
      origin of the varieties called Isabella, Concord,
      Hartford, etc., and the southern fox grape ({Vitis
      vulpina}) has produced the Scuppernong, and probably the
      Catawba.

   Fox hunter.
      (a) One who pursues foxes with hounds.
      (b) A horse ridden in a fox chase.

   Fox shark (Zool.), the thrasher shark. See {Thrasher
      shark}, under Thrasher.

   Fox sleep, pretended sleep.

   Fox sparrow (Zool.), a large American sparrow ({Passerella
      iliaca}); -- so called on account of its reddish color.

   Fox squirrel (Zool.), a large North American squirrel
      (Sciurus niger, or S. cinereus). In the Southern
      States the black variety prevails; farther north the
      fulvous and gray variety, called the cat squirrel, is
      more common.

   Fox terrier (Zool.), one of a peculiar breed of terriers,
      used in hunting to drive foxes from their holes, and for
      other purposes. There are rough- and smooth-haired
      varieties.

   Fox trot, a pace like that which is adopted for a few
      steps, by a horse, when passing from a walk into a trot,
      or a trot into a walk.

   Fox wedge (Mach. & Carpentry), a wedge for expanding the
      split end of a bolt, cotter, dowel, tenon, or other piece,
      to fasten the end in a hole or mortise and prevent
      withdrawal. The wedge abuts on the bottom of the hole and
      the piece is driven down upon it. Fastening by fox wedges
      is called foxtail wedging.

   Fox wolf (Zool.), one of several South American wild dogs,
      belonging to the genus Canis. They have long, bushy
      tails like a fox.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sparrow \Spar"row\, n. [OE. sparwe, AS. spearwa; akin to OHG.
   sparo, G. sperling, Icel. sp["o]rr, Dan. spurv, spurre, Sw.
   sparf, Goth. sparwa; -- originally, probably, the quiverer or
   flutterer, and akin to E. spurn. See Spurn, and cf.
   Spavin.]
   1. (Zool.) One of many species of small singing birds of the
      family Fringilligae, having conical bills, and feeding
      chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches,
      and buntings. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of
      Europe (Passer domesticus) is noted for its familiarity,
      its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its
      fecundity. See House sparrow, under House.
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   Note: The following American species are well known; the
         chipping sparrow, or chippy, the sage sparrow,
         the savanna sparrow, the song sparrow, the {tree
         sparrow}, and the white-throated sparrow (see
         Peabody bird). See these terms under Sage,
         Savanna, etc.
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   2. (Zool.) Any one of several small singing birds somewhat
      resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the
      European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge.
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            He that doth the ravens feed,
            Yea, providently caters for the sparrow,
            Be comfort to my age!                 --Shak.
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   Field sparrow, Fox sparrow, etc. See under Field,
      Fox, etc.

   Sparrow bill, a small nail; a castiron shoe nail; a
      sparable.

   Sparrow hawk. (Zool.)
      (a) A small European hawk (Accipiter nisus) or any of
          the allied species.
      (b) A small American falcon (Falco sparverius).
      (c) The Australian collared sparrow hawk ({Accipiter
          torquatus}).

   Note: The name is applied to other small hawks, as the
         European kestrel and the New Zealand quail hawk.

   Sparrow owl (Zool.), a small owl (Glaucidium passerinum)
      found both in the Old World and the New. The name is also
      applied to other species of small owls.

   Sparrow spear (Zool.), the female of the reed bunting.
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