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blue fox

noun
1.
a bluish-gray winter color phase of the Arctic fox, Alopex lagopus.
2.
the Arctic fox in summer pelage.
3.
the blue fur of this animal.
4.
any white fox fur dyed blue.
Origin of blue fox
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65
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Historical Examples
  • The variety termed the blue fox is neither numerous nor valuable.

    Hudson Bay R.M. Ballantyne
  • But how about Mr. blue fox of the same size and habit as the white Arctic?

  • blue fox himself, like most of his full-grown fellows, never stirred.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • But happy as he was in the main, blue fox was not without his cares.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • One day chance led him upon one of blue fox's storage cellars.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • blue fox stole back and roused the occupants of the nearest burrows.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • But blue fox, breathless and triumphant, only showed his teeth derisively.

    Hoof and Claw Charles G. D. Roberts
  • It was a rare garment; a cloak of blue fox as soft as silk, thick, yet light as the plumes of some fantastic bird.

    The Torrent Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • In summer specimens of these species have slightly discolored coats, the shades resembling those of the blue fox.

  • She had diamonds in her hair, still black, and a collar of blue fox on her shoulders.

British Dictionary definitions for blue fox

blue fox

noun
1.
a variety of the arctic fox that has a pale grey winter coat and is bred for its fur
2.
the fur of this animal
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