Definition of fennec in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfenik/
(also fennec fox)


A small pale fox with large pointed ears, native to the deserts of North Africa and Arabia.
  • Vulpes zerda, family Canidae.
Example sentences
  • The skull of the fennec fox is relatively short, broad over the braincase and tapers sharply toward the rostrum, forming a slender and narrow muzzle.
  • He was a little fennec fox, with short gray fur and huge ears.
  • Almost all of the non-human DNA is from an animal called the fennec fox.


Late 18th century: via Arabic from Persian fanak, fanaj.

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Syllabification: fen·nec

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