EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective around or near a pole, as of the earth. Origin of circumpolar
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This is not, like Ursa Major, or like Cassiopeia, said to be "
In Miocene times they were abundant, and of many species in
"They are the highest mountains in the
circumpolar regions," replied Barbican.
Cassiopeias chaire, a
circumpolar constellation having a fancied resemblance to a chair.
As regards the Arctic and Antarctic regions, the continuity or
circumpolar distribution of the shore fishes is well established. British Dictionary definitions for circumpolar adjective (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 adj.
1680s in astronomy; 1690s in geography, from
circum- + polar.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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