Meaning of fennec in English:


(also fennec fox)

Pronunciation /ˈfɛnɪk/


  • A small pale fox with large pointed ears, native to the deserts of North Africa and Arabia.

    Vulpes zerda, family Canidae

    ‘The skull of the fennec fox is relatively short, broad over the braincase and tapers sharply toward the rostrum, forming a slender and narrow muzzle.’
    • ‘He was a little fennec fox, with short gray fur and huge ears.’
    • ‘Almost all of the non-human DNA is from an animal called the fennec fox.’


Late 18th century via Arabic from Persian fanak, fanaj.