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Russel

A common name given to a fox, from its russet colour.

Dann Russel, the fox, stert up at cones,
And by the garget hente Chaunteclere
And on his bak toward the wood him here.

Chaucer: The Nonne Prestes Tale.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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