midnight sun

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midnight sun (usually uncountable, plural midnight suns)

  1. The phenomenon occurring when the Sun does not set, but only approaches the horizon, at midnight; occurs near the summer solstice in the polar regions.
    • 1907, Robert W. Service, “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, in The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses:
      There are strange things done in the midnight sun
            By the men who moil for gold;
      The Arctic trails have their secret tales
            That would make your blood run cold;
      The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
            But the queerest they ever did see
      Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
            I cremated Sam McGee.


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