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

Examples of arctic tern in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even the name, TernPaks, is meant to elicit both conversation and excitement for children to travel because the product happens to be named after the arctic tern, the animal with the longest migration pattern on Earth. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 24 May 2021 Some arctic terns migrate pole to pole for breeding and wintering, the longest yearly migration of any bird. National Geographic, 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, 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, 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, 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of arctic tern

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Arctic tern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arctic%20tern. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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