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 (pŏl′ən-yä′, pə-lĭn′yə)
An area of open water surrounded by sea ice.

[Russian polyn'ya, from polyĭ, open, hollow; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Physical Geography) a stretch of open water surrounded by ice, esp near the mouths of large rivers, in arctic seas
[C19: from Russian, from poly open, hollowed-out]


(pəˈlɪn yə)

n., pl. -yas.
an area of open sea water surrounded by ice.
[1850–55; < Russian polyn'yá, Old Russian polynĭi=pol(ŭ) empty, open + -ynĭi n. suffix]
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Noun1.polynya - a stretch of open water surrounded by ice (especially in Arctic seas)
body of water, water - the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean); "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge"
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