arctic tern

noun

Definition of arctic tern 

: a Holarctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) that breeds in arctic regions and migrates to southern Africa and South America

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The 564-acre marsh adjacent to Turnagain Arm is a magnet for birders, who may encounter trumpeter swans, tundra swans, red-necked grebes, northern pintails, arctic terns and other species amid the marsh's sedges. Mike Campbell, Alaska Dispatch News, "Effort to expand Potter Marsh by 2 acres underway," 8 Sep. 2017

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1824, in the meaning defined above

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