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Arctic tern

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noun

a tern, Sterna paradisaea, resembling the common tern, that breeds in Arctic and north temperate regions and winters in Antarctic regions.

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Origin of Arctic tern

First recorded in 1880–85
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arctic tern

noun

a black-capped tern, Sterna paradisea, that breeds in the Arctic and then migrates as far south as the Antarctic
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