1. Cunning or crafty
2. Of or resembling a fox
This word dates to the 1620's and comes from Latin vulpinus ("of or pertaining to a fox"), which derives from vulpes. Vulpes is a later form of volpes ("fox") which is of unknown origin.
I'm so happy that a fox-related word came up because it gives me an excuse to post a picture fennec foxes:
|photo credit: Treasure Ranch|
Today's word and the first definition were both taken from Dictionary.com's 'Word of the Day' for Sunday, January 30
Etymologies come from the Oxford English Dictionary and/or Etymonline.com