Definition of Arctic tern in English:

Arctic tern

Pronunciation /ˈärktik tərn/ /ˈɑrktɪk tərn/

noun

  • A red-billed tern that breeds in the Arctic and adjacent areas, migrating to Antarctic regions for the winter.

    Sterna paradisaea, family Sternidae

    ‘Other notable characteristics include an exceptionally powerful head and neck and unusually long legs, which distinguish them from other terns such as Arctic terns.’
    • ‘Throughout the isles you'll come across throngs of Arctic terns and both species of skuas, as well as black guillemots, gannets, shags, and Storm and Leach's petrels.’
    • ‘The country's wilderness - from alpine flowers to colonies of Max shearwaters, guillemots, razor bills and Arctic terns - complements its ages-old castles and ancient Standing Stones.’
    • ‘The tiny Arctic tern undertakes the world's longest migration - traveling nearly from pole to pole.’
    • ‘Each autumn flights of Arctic terns from northern Europe and Siberia journey south, soon entering the North Sea and passing the East Anglian coastline.’
    • ‘His observations revealed that Foula's sheep target unfledged Arctic terns.’
    • ‘Some, like the Arctic tern, have covered 10,000 kilometers or more.’
    • ‘The Arctic teems with life, from its largest predators, the killer whale and the polar bear, to small birds like the tiny Arctic tern.’
    • ‘The Arctic tern is the champion globetrotter, a big deal for an animal that measures only a foot long.’