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[fen-ek] /ˈfɛn ɛk/

a small, pale yellowish-brown fox, Fennecus zerda, of northern Africa, having large, pointed ears.
a very small nocturnal fox, Fennecus zerda, inhabiting deserts of N Africa and Arabia, having pale fur and enormous ears

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


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