Of, resembling, or characteristic of a fox.
Of or like a fox or foxes.
Clever, cunning, etc.
Origin of vulpine
- Latin vulpīnus from vulpēs fox wl̥p-ē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin vulpinus (“foxy, fox-like"), from vulpÄ“s, earlier volpÄ“s (“fox"), from Proto-Indo-European *wl(o)p- (“fox"). Cognate with Welsh llywarn (“fox"), Ancient Greek ἀλώπηξ (alōpÄ“ks), Armenian Õ¡Õ²Õ¸Ö‚Õ§Õ½ (aÅ‚uÄ“s), Albanian dhelpÃ«r, Lithuanian vilpiÅ¡á»¹s (“wildcat"), Sanskrit लोमाश (lomāśa, “jackal, fox").