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Arctic tern

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noun
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for arctic tern

arctic tern

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