fox squirrel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fox squirrel exceptionally large arboreal squirrel of eastern United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fox squirrel (Zoöl) 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.
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Usage

In literature:

Here a partridge has set its foot; there, a woodcock; here, a squirrel or mink; there, a skunk; there, a fox.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 104, June, 1866" by Various
A little later some frisky squirrel, or it might be a sly Arctic fox, was pointed out.
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson
We may see nothing bigger than squirrels, rabbits and partridges, and maybe a mink or a fox.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
Frisky Squirrel and Billy Woodchuck, Fatty Coon and Tommy Fox, were all on hand to have their share of the fun.
"The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Then came a fox squirrel, with his more glowing color and big bushy tail, and all four looked at the bears.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The squirrels are plentiful here, and if we set snares we may catch some foxes.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
They were in size, as I now remember, of a grade intermediate the fox-and gray-squirrels we had at home.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
The gray and fox squirrels often do mischief in the cornfields, and the hunting of them makes fine sport for the boys.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Often raccoons, foxes, and squirrels grabble them up.
"The Peanut Plant" by B. W. Jones
Rats followed the first settlers, then opossums, and fox squirrels still later.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
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In poetry:

The squirrel and the cunning fox
Have hurried to their holes,
Far off, like distant earthquake shocks,
The muffled thunder rolls.
"The Storm" by Frederick George Scott
First it is a squirrel, then it is a dove,
Then a red fox feather-soft and footed like a dream;
All the woodland fools me, promising my love;
I think I hear her talking--'tis but the running stream.
"Broken Tryst" by Richard Le Gallienne
No bird on de branch can finish hees song,
De squirrel no longer play--
De leaf on de maple don't need to wait
Till fros' of October is at de gate
'Fore de blood drops come: an' de fox sleeps late
W'en Bruno is pass dat way.
"Bruno The Hunter" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

In this file photo, Charleston Squirrels pitcher Paul Fox delivers a pitch to a Paducah Legion batter at Hillhouse Park on June 19.
If you've ever wondered if that was an endangered Delmarva fox squirrel that scampered across the lawn, or an Acadian Flycatcher perched overhead, the Chesapeake Bay Trust has a new app.
Call me crazy, but I love hunting fox squirrels.
Fox squirrels are not rare, just uncommon.
Aaron Voos of the US Forest Service says the Albany County sheriff's office is evacuating cabins and homes within 3 miles of Fox Park, after a storm pushed the Squirrel Creek Fire west Monday evening.
Since 2000, rabies has been confirmed in Wyoming bats, cats, cows, dogs, foxes, horses, squirrels and skunks.
Fox squirrels are great for urban and suburban wildlife watching.
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