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[beer-ing, ber-, bair-; Danish bey-ring] /ˈbɪər ɪŋ, ˈbɛr-, ˈbɛər-; Danish ˈbeɪ rɪŋ/
[vee-too s] /ˈvi tʊs/ (Show IPA),
1680–1741, Danish navigator: explorer of the N Pacific.
Also, Behring. Unabridged
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  • Whether actual intergradation (crossbreeding) ever takes place across the narrow Bering Strait I do not know.

    American Weasels E. Raymond Hall
  • The only way was ahead, across the dark and icy sea of Bering to Alaska.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • Bering's own force, which consisted of 166 men, besides 80 engaged in transporting, was now collected in Okhotsk.

  • The Yukon swept him away, and he might or might not win to Bering Sea.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • Early in June their nests are built on remote islands in Bering Sea.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
British Dictionary definitions for Bering


/ˈbɛrɪŋ; ˈbɛər-; Danish ˈbeːreŋ/
Vitus (ˈviːtʊs). 1681–1741, Danish navigator, who explored the N Pacific for the Russians and discovered Bering Island and the Bering Strait
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Word Origin and History for Bering

strait and sea between Alaska and Siberia, named for Danish explorer Vitus Bering (1681-1741), who worked for Peter the Great and led the first European expedition to sight Alaska, in 1741.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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