Fox "kits"?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Feb 20 22:10:57 UTC 2005

Merriam-Webster has kit, "a young or undersized fur-bearing animal."  OED has it as a short form of kitten, with references to minks (1970) and muskrats (1974).

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Wilson Gray <wilson.gray at RCN.COM> wrote:
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Subject: Fox "kits"?

In a newspaper article about the taming of foxes, the author referred
to what I know as fox "cubs" as fox "kits." Fox "kits"?! Why not fox
"pups"? There's a species of vulpine known as a "kit fox." Perhaps the
writer had that in mind.


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