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[ant-ahrk-tik, -ahr-tik] /æntˈɑrk tɪk, -ˈɑr tɪk/
of, at, or near the South Pole.
the Antarctic, the Antarctic Ocean and Antarctica.
Origin of antarctic
1325-75; < Latin antarcticus < Greek antarktikós (see ant-, arctic); replacing Middle English antartik (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin antarticus
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antarctic, arctic. Unabridged
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  • Its nesting habits and eggs are unknown, but they are supposed to breed in the antarctic regions.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • But single instances—so an observation by Scott, in the antarctic.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • It is not possible to say so much of the antarctic Polar region.

    The Desert World Arthur Mangin
  • "Yes—but so is the Arctic camp, and the antarctic camp, as well," replied Wade.

    Invaders from the Infinite John Wood Campbell
  • Weddell now made for the south, crossed the antarctic Circle in W. long.

British Dictionary definitions for antarctic


the Antarctic, Antarctic Zone, Antarctica and the surrounding waters
of or relating to the south polar regions
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek antarktikos; see anti-, arctic
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Word Origin and History for antarctic

late 14c., antartyk "opposite to the north pole" (adj.), also (with capital A) "region around the South pole" (n.), from Old French antartique, from Medieval Latin antarcticus, from Greek antarktikos "opposite the north," from anti- "opposite" (see anti-) + arktikos "arctic" (see arctic). The first -c- sound ceased to be pronounced in Medieval Latin and was dropped in Old French. Modern English spelling, which restores it, dates from 17c.

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antarctic in Culture

Antarctic definition

The region around the South Pole, Antarctica, and the surrounding ocean.

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