Definition of fennec in English:


Line breaks: fen¦nec
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛnɛk
(also fennec fox)


  • A small pale fox with large pointed ears, native to the deserts of North Africa and Arabia.
    • Vulpes zerda, family Canidae
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    • 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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