15. Vulpine: of, resembling, or characteristic of a fox; clever, devious, or cunning. The famous play Volpone, or The Fox, was an early seventeenth-century drama by Ben Jonson.
a. Sherlock Holmes, as a successful detective, possessed certain vulpine qualities that gave him the edge over his adversaries.
b. Fables sometimes represent vulpine characters as coming out second best in spite of their cunning.
Source: 601 Words you need to know, Fourth Edition
by Murray Bromberg and Julius Liebb, Printed in
the US (New York), unit II, lesson 12 (Animal World), page 59.
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Here, 'edge' means 'advantage'. 'Adversaries' means 'opponents'.