arctic fox

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Definition of arctic fox 

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

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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 Other species use concealing coloration to blend in with their background, like arctic foxes and polar bears in snowy landscapes. National Geographic, "Why This Harmless Caterpillar Disguises Itself as a Venomous Snake," 3 Apr. 2018 Several of the snow globe ornaments share space on the troop's tree with examples of their other two designs, a picture of an arctic fox with each girl's wish for 2018 and a Styrofoam ball painted to look like a penguin. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Take your family on a holiday stroll through the fantastic forest at the Milwaukee County Zoo," 30 Nov. 2017 Students in Lustig's third-, fourth, fifth and sixth grade art classes have spent the past month crafting beluga whales, arctic foxes and narwhals out of paper clay, a substance fashioned from shredded paper and papier mache paste. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Take your family on a holiday stroll through the fantastic forest at the Milwaukee County Zoo," 30 Nov. 2017 An arctic fox sat and watched us, fearless in our presence. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Kamchatka, Russia's Adventure Playground," 22 Mar. 2018 This is a fox, a baby arctic fox trying to steal fish. Fox News, "'The Five' on fallout from the firing of Andrew McCabe," 20 Mar. 2018 An arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus, standing next to a reindeer skull on Wrangel Island. Hannah Hoag, Discover Magazine, "Wrangel Island: A Polar Biodiversity Stronghold," 25 Sep. 2017

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1771, in the meaning defined above

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