arctic fox


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

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Illustration of arctic fox

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the winter, an arctic fox can travel for thousands of kilometers across the region, often following polar bears who prey on seals. Devi Lockwood, Wired, 21 Sep. 2021 The arctic fox population usually cycles through high and low stages depending on the population size of the arctic hare. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Next came hunting and trapping of seal, walrus, and arctic fox., 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,, 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, 15 Jan. 2020 Other wolves and an arctic fox were also high on that list. New York Times, 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., 16 Nov. 2019 Additionally, Renner's voicing an arctic fox character in the upcoming movie Arctic Dogs. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 9 Oct. 2019 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 5 Dec. 2022.

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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