[ sur-kuh m-poh-ler ]
/ ˌsɜr kəmˈpoʊ lər /


around or near a pole, as of the earth.

Origin of circumpolar

First recorded in 1680–90; circum- + polar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for circumpolar


/ (ˌsɜːkəmˈpəʊlə) /


(of a star or constellation) visible above the horizon at all times at a specified locality on the earth's surface
surrounding or located at or near either of the earth's poles
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Word Origin and History for circumpolar



1680s in astronomy; 1690s in geography, from circum- + polar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for circumpolar


[ sûr′kəm-pōlər ]

Located or found in one of Earth's polar regions.
Denoting a star that from a given observer's latitude does not go below the horizon during its diurnal motion. The closer an observer is to one of the poles, the greater the portion of the sky that contains circumpolar stars. At the pole itself, all stars are circumpolar.
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