circumpolar

adjective
cir·​cum·​po·​lar | \ˌsər-kᵊm-ˈpō-lər \

Definition of circumpolar 

1 : continually visible above the horizon a circumpolar star

2 : surrounding or found in the vicinity of a terrestrial pole a circumpolar current circumpolar species

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At the same time, Iqaluit—like its circumpolar neighbors—faces a housing crisis of a different sort. Melody Schreiber, WIRED, "The Race to Save Arctic Cities As Permafrost Melts," 14 May 2018 Other circumpolar regions face infrastructure challenges from the warming earth. Melody Schreiber, WIRED, "The Race to Save Arctic Cities As Permafrost Melts," 14 May 2018 The events teach competitors to respect their fellow athletes, which can have real-life applications in the circumpolar north, where severe weather can force people to rely on each other. Mark Thiessen, The Christian Science Monitor, "Native Youth Olympics celebrates indigenous culture through sports," 26 Apr. 2018 The events teach competitors to respect their fellow athletes, which can have real-life applications in the circumpolar north, where harsh conditions can force people to rely on each other. Washington Post, "Alaska Olympic events mimic hunts, like sneaking up on seals," 25 Apr. 2018 The events teach competitors to respect their fellow athletes, which can have real-life applications in the circumpolar north, where harsh conditions can force people to rely on each other. Mark Thiessen, Fox News, "Alaska Olympic events mimic hunts, like sneaking up on seals," 25 Apr. 2018 The north pole is dominated by a central cyclone surrounded by eight circumpolar cyclones with diameters ranging from 2,500 to 2,900 miles (4,000 to 4,600 kilometers). David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Raging Cyclones and Jet Streams on Jupiter Perplex Scientists," 9 Mar. 2018 An unusual configuration of high and low pressure systems had pushed the circumpolar winds directly over the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula rather than deflecting them to the north as usual. National Geographic, "Mysterious Winds Cause Rapid Melting of Antarctic Ice," 15 Nov. 2016 Its mountainous spine rises 5,000 to 9,000 feet above sea level, capped with a plateau of ice—forming a wall that usually diverts the circumpolar winds northward around it. National Geographic, "Mysterious Winds Cause Rapid Melting of Antarctic Ice," 15 Nov. 2016

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1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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circumpolar

adjective
cir·​cum·​po·​lar | \ˌsər-kəm-ˈpō-lər \

Kids Definition of circumpolar

1 : continually visible above the horizon a circumpolar star

2 : surrounding or found near a pole of the earth

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