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Bering

[beer-ing, ber-, bair-; Danish bey-ring] /ˈbɪər ɪŋ, ˈbɛr-, ˈbɛər-; Danish ˈbeɪ rɪŋ/
noun
1.
Vitus
[vee-too s] /ˈvi tʊs/ (Show IPA),
1680–1741, Danish navigator: explorer of the N Pacific.
Also, Behring.
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Bering

/ˈbɛrɪŋ; ˈbɛər-; Danish ˈbeːreŋ/
noun
1.
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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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.
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