(Fowl"er) n. A sportsman who pursues wild fowl, or takes or kills for food.
(Fow"ler*ite) n. [From Dr. Samuel Fowler.] (Min.) A variety of rhodonite, from Franklin Furnace,
New Jersey, containing some zinc.
(Fow"ler's so*lu"tion) An aqueous solution of arsenite of potassium, of such strength
that one hundred parts represent one part of arsenious acid, or white arsenic; named from Fowler,
an English physician who first brought it into use.
(Fox) n.; pl. Foxes [AS. fox; akin to D. vos, G. fuchs, OHG. fuhs, foha, Goth. faúh, Icel. fa
fox, fox fraud; of unknown origin, cf. Skr. puccha tail. Cf. Vixen.]
1. (Zoöl.) A carnivorous animal of the genus Vulpes, family Canidæ, of many species. The European
fox the American red fox the American gray fox (V. Virginianus), and the arctic, white, or blue, fox (V.
lagopus) are well-known species.
The black or silver-gray fox is a variety of the American red fox, producing a fur of great value; the
cross- gray and woods-gray foxes are other varieties of the same species, of less value. The common
foxes of Europe and America are very similar; both are celebrated for their craftiness. They feed on wild
birds, poultry, and various small animals.
Subtle as the fox for prey.Shak.
2. (Zoöl.) The European dragonet.
3. (Zoöl.) The fox shark or thrasher shark; called also sea fox. See Thrasher shark, under Shark.
4. A sly, cunning fellow. [Colloq.]
We call a crafty and cruel man a fox.Beattie.
5. (Naut.) Rope yarn twisted together, and rubbed with tar; used for seizings or mats.
6. A sword; so called from the stamp of a fox on the blade, or perhaps of a wolf taken for a fox. [Obs.]
Thou diest on point of fox.Shak.
7. pl. (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians which, with the Sacs, formerly occupied the region about Green
Bay, Wisconsin; called also Outagamies.
Fox and geese. (a) A boy's game, in which one boy tries to catch others as they run one goal to another.
(b) A game with sixteen checkers, or some substitute for them, one of which is called the fox, and the
rest the geese; the fox, whose first position is in the middle of the board, endeavors to break through
the line of the geese, and the geese to pen up the fox. Fox bat (Zoöl.), a large fruit bat of the genus
Pteropus, of many species, inhabiting Asia, Africa, and the East Indies, esp. P. medius of India. Some
of the species are more than four feet across the outspread wings. See Fruit bat. Fox bolt, a
bolt having a split end to receive a fox wedge. Fox brush (Zoöl.), the tail of a fox. Fox evil, a
disease in which the hair falls off; alopecy. Fox grape (Bot.), the name of two species of American