arctic fox


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

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Examples of arctic fox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the first arctic fox the boy shot – at age 7 – is proudly mounted and displayed in his parents’ living room. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Dec. 2023 The Merry Menagerie — featuring adorable arctic foxes, polar bears, and other wintry creatures and serenading musicians — returns this year, too. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 3 Oct. 2023 Animals including seals, walruses, polar bears, arctic foxes and whales use sea ice to hunt, breed, forage and rest. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Sep. 2023 Dogs Have Co-Evolved With Humans Like No Other Species Utilizing Food Caches for Survival In highly social species, like coyotes, red foxes, arctic foxes and other canid species, they are known to make food caches. Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2023 Advertisement The ministry also essentially approved the practice of farming minks, silver and arctic foxes, and raccoon dogs for fur but not meat. Bydennis Normile,, 29 Mar. 2023 Guests can explore by Zodiac boat, go hiking, and spot whales, arctic foxes and more. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2023 One by one, a snowshoe hare, snowy owl, arctic fox and others take shelter under his warm tent-like coat. Jan Brett, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2023 This shoe comes in two color options: light aluminum with vintage indigo or arctic fox with silver mink and peach soda. Sarah Edlin, Health, 14 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of arctic fox was in 1771

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“Arctic fox.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

arctic fox

: a small fox of arctic regions having fur that is blue-gray or brownish in summer and white in winter

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