fennec


noun

  1. a small, pale yellowish-brown fox, Fennecus zerda, of northern Africa, having large, pointed ears.

noun

  1. a very small nocturnal fox, Fennecus zerda, inhabiting deserts of N Africa and Arabia, having pale fur and enormous ears
n.

fox-like animal of Africa, 1790, from Arabic fenek, fanak “a name vaguely applied to various fur-bearing animals” [OED].

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