arctic tern


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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Recent Examples on the Web Some arctic terns migrate pole to pole for breeding and wintering, the longest yearly migration of any bird. National Geographic, "Penguins don't live at the South Pole, and more polar myths debunked," 3 Feb. 2020 In its lifetime, each of these arctic terns covers a distance equivalent to three or four round trips to the moon. Quanta Magazine, "A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate," 7 May 2018 Today, a mated pair of mergansers share this bay of the fjord with splashing arctic terns, recently arrived from waters off Antarctica. Anchorage Daily News, "The sound of silence in Russell Fjord," 8 June 2019 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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“Arctic tern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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