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Däggdjur/MammalsPosted by Gunvor 2012-05-14 12:43:56

Räv is ‘fox’ Räv is a Nordic word, Icelandic refr, Old Swedish ræver, Danish ræv, Norvegian rev. The origin could be Indoeuropean *erebh, approx. ‘brown’, ‘mottled’, and related to järv ‘wolverine’, ripa ‘grouse’, järpe ‘hazel-grouse’ and rapphöna ‘partridge’.

Fox, Ducth vos and German Fuchs stem from Germanic *fuh-, and the Indoeuropean root *puk- ‘tail’ (cf Sanskrit puccha ‘tail’). No surprise - the long bushy tail is very characteristic.

This one trotted by a couple of weeks ago.

More about fox, see fogsvans .