polynya

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An image of a polynya (right, labelled) off the coast of Antarctica near Ross Island, taken on 16 November 2011 by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the satellite Aqua

Borrowed from Russian полынья́ (polynʹjá, polynya), from по́лый (pólyj, hollow).[1] The rare plural form polynyi is borrowed from Russian полыньи́ (polynʹí).[2]

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polynya (plural polynyas or polynyi) (rare)

  1. (hydrology, oceanography) A naturally formed area of open water surrounded by sea ice, especially in the Arctic. [mid 19th c.]

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  1. ^ polynya” (US) / “polynya” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ polynya, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, September 2006.

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