pin·​go | \ˈpiŋ-(ˌ)gō \
plural pingos

Definition of pingo 

: a low hill or mound forced up by hydrostatic pressure in an area underlain by permafrost

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Yoshikawa admires Leffingwell's interpretations of frozen ground features like pingos, enhanced by his year-round residency at a spot where the sun doesn't shine for months. Alaska Dispatch News, "‘The last classic polar explorer’: Spotlighting the life of a pioneering scientist in northeast Alaska," 28 Oct. 2017 Sometimes called hydrolaccoliths, pingos typically form in arctic regions, like Siberia and northern Canada. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "That Word You Heard: Pingo," 7 Aug. 2017 If a pingo collapsed tomorrow, though, there's no guarantee humanity would notice. Stephanie Pappas Live Science Contributor, Fox News, "Huge Underwater Eruptions Blasted Craters into Arctic Seafloor," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of pingo

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pingo

Inuit pinguq

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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