color phase


Definition of color phase

1 : a seasonally variant pelage color
2a : a genetic variant manifested by the occurrence of a skin or pelage color unlike the wild type of the animal group in which it appears
b : an individual marked by such a variant

Examples of color phase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gobblers have included oddities such as unusual color phases, toms with no beard and adult males with no spurs. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tale of a pompadoured tom emerges from Wisconsin turkey fields," 16 May 2020 With 25,000-35,000 bears, its good to wait for a color phase or a particularly large bear. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "Spring Bear Hunting Forecast for the U.S. and Canada," 2 Apr. 2020 The color phase breakdown was 44% red, 20% intermediate, 14% split, 11% brown and 10% gray. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: National hunt takes pulse of ruffed grouse, woodcock populations," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of color phase

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Color phase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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