arctic fox

noun

Definition of arctic fox

: a small migratory Holarctic fox (Alopex lagopus) especially of coastal arctic and alpine tundra

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The institute says the ground the small animal covered was among the most ever recorded for an arctic fox seeking a breeding site. Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic fox walks more than 2,700 miles from Norway to Canada," 2 July 2019 Just 21 days after leaving the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, an arctic fox had arrived in Greenland. oregonlive.com, "Scientists marvel as young arctic fox treks 2,700 miles over harsh polar terrain," 2 July 2019 An arctic fox walked more than 2,737 miles from northern Norway to Canada’s far north in four months, Norwegian researchers said. Washington Post, "Arctic fox walked from Norway to Canada seeking a new home," 3 July 2019 People have been puzzling over arctic foxes' travels for a long time. oregonlive.com, "Scientists marvel as young arctic fox treks 2,700 miles over harsh polar terrain," 2 July 2019 Researchers recorded the transcontinental movements of the young arctic fox with a satellite tracking device on its collar. Fox News, "Arctic fox goes on epic 2,000-mile journey from Norway to Canada, leaving scientists stunned," 3 July 2019 And long treks are said to be more common among another type of the arctic fox, the scientists say. oregonlive.com, "Scientists marvel as young arctic fox treks 2,700 miles over harsh polar terrain," 2 July 2019 Polar bear maternity ward: Located above the Arctic Circle at the edge of the Chukchi Sea, Russia’s Wrangel Island is a haven for all sorts of wildlife, from arctic foxes and snowy owls to reindeer, walruses, and shaggy musk oxen. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 Like the iconic arctic fox, the snowshoe hare dons white fur for the winter—a good camouflage in the snow. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "How the snowshoe hare is losing its white winter coat," 21 June 2018

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1771, in the meaning defined above

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