arctic fox


Definition of arctic fox

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Next came hunting and trapping of seal, walrus, and arctic fox., "In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 The journey of a young arctic fox, which trekked more than 2,175 miles from Norway to Canada in just 76 days, has stunned researchers and shed new light on the movement of the species over vast distances of sea ice. Megan Specia,, "An arctic fox’s epic journey: Norway to Canada in 76 days," 2 July 2019 Now they have been found across the planet—even in the blood of arctic foxes and polar bears. Michele Cohen Marill, Wired, "Scientists Fight Back Against Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals," 15 Jan. 2020 Other wolves and an arctic fox were also high on that list. New York Times, "Still the Undisputed Champs of Mammalian Migrations," 18 Nov. 2019 Explore 40 life-size animal sculptures made from Lego bricks, warm up by the fire pit, and take the kids to meet the zoo’s arctic foxes — and even reindeer., "Classic Cliffhanger," 16 Nov. 2019 Additionally, Renner's voicing an arctic fox character in the upcoming movie Arctic Dogs. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "Who Is the Fox on 'The Masked Singer'? Fans Have a Super Intriguing Guess," 9 Oct. 2019 One tour takes travelers to the northwest fjords of Iceland to observe and photograph arctic foxes. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb Is Launching Ethical Animal Experiences," 3 Oct. 2019 Have a hankering to engage in some urban beekeeping, arctic fox photography, or paddleboarding with a corgi? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Who Will Be the King of Online Content: Netflix Versus Disney—Data Sheet," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of arctic fox

1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Arctic fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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