The wee ones (was Re: badassery)

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sun Mar 18 05:00:25 UTC 2012

On Mar 17, 2012, at 9:45 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> On Sat, Mar 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM, Larry Sheldon <LarrySheldon at> wrote:
>> baby foxes [are] "kits"
> According to Wikipedia,
> The _kit_ fox (Vulpes macrotis) is a fox species of North America. Its
> range is primarily in the southwestern United States and northern and
> central Mexico. Some mammalogists classify it as conspecific with the
> swift fox, V. velox, but molecular systematics imply that the two
> species are distinct.

true enough.  but the following, from NOAD2, is alo true:

the young of certain animals, such as the beaver, fox, ferret, and mink.

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