circumpolar

adjective

cir·​cum·​po·​lar ˌsər-kəm-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce circumpolar (audio)
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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The event was part of the Arctic Encounter Symposium, a two-day conference in Anchorage that brought together hundreds of people from around the Lower 48 and circumpolar north this week. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Apr. 2022 But marine life is astonishingly abundant thanks to the Antarctic Convergence, a circumpolar strip of merging oceans marked by an upwelling of deep, nutrient-rich waters that nourish a phenomenal profusion of phytoplankton and, in turn, krill. Christopher P. Baker, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2022 When South America and Australia drifted north, splitting away from Antarctica, a path was cleared for a new circumpolar current. Devon Bidal, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Feb. 2022 The maps in the exhibition date show the circumpolar region as far back as the 16th century -- when there were many more blank spots in the cartography. Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 The Arctic Report Card compiles observations from across the circumpolar North, analyzing them within a polar projection of our planet. Matthew Druckenmiller, The Conversation, 14 Dec. 2021 Most of this melting is occurring on Antarctica’s western side, where the circumpolar current comes closest to the coast. New York Times, 13 Dec. 2021 The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university and an international center for research, education, and the arts, emphasizing the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a Land, Sea, and Space Grant university and an international center for research, education, and the arts, emphasizing the circumpolar North and its diverse peoples. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of circumpolar was in 1686

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“Circumpolar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circumpolar. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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circumpolar

adjective

cir·​cum·​po·​lar ˌsər-kəm-ˈpō-lər How to pronounce circumpolar (audio)
1
: continually visible above the horizon
a circumpolar star
2
: surrounding or found near a pole of the earth
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