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Arctic tern

or arctic tern

a tern, Sterna paradisaea, resembling the common tern, that breeds in arctic and north temperate regions and winters in antarctic regions.
Origin of Arctic tern
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It becomes rarer in Scotland, where it is largely replaced by the Arctic tern.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • They nest on islands off the coast of Alaska, sometimes together with the Arctic tern.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Made a drawing of the Arctic tern, of which a great number breed here.

British Dictionary definitions for Arctic tern

arctic tern

a black-capped tern, Sterna paradisea, that breeds in the Arctic and then migrates as far south as the Antarctic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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