pin·​go | \ ˈpiŋ-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce pingo (audio) \
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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Pingo Canadian Landmark features eight of the 1,350 pingos found in the region, including the 160-foot-high Ibyuk Pingo, the second-tallest in the world. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Highway to the Arctic Ocean Is Canada's Coolest Road Trip," 13 June 2019 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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