circumpolar

adjective cir·cum·po·lar \ ˌsər-kᵊm-ˈpō-lər \
Updated on: 21 Mar 2018

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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First Known Use of circumpolar

1686

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CIRCUMPOLAR Defined for Kids

circumpolar

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

Definition of circumpolar for Students

1 : continually visible above the horizon
  • a circumpolar star
2 : surrounding or found near a pole of the earth

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