One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A doglike fox found in the forests and savannah of South America.
Genus Dusicyon, family Canidae: two species, in particular the crab-eating fox (D. thous)
- ‘Some are solitary like the fox, others social like the jackal; some as small as the crab-eating zorro of South America, a few as large as the Arctic wolf.’
Mid 19th century: from Spanish, ‘fox’.
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