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antipode

[an-ti-pohd] /ˈæn tɪˌpoʊd/
noun
1.
a direct or exact opposite.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; back formation from antipodes

antipodes

[an-tip-uh-deez] /ænˈtɪp əˌdiz/
plural noun
1.
places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
2.
those who dwell there.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek (hoi) antípodes literally, (those) with the feet opposite (plural of antípous), equivalent to anti- anti- + -podes, nominative plural of poûs foot
Related forms
antipodean
[an-tip-uh-dee-uh n] /ænˌtɪp əˈdi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antipode

antipode

/ˈæntɪpəʊd/
noun
1.
the exact or direct opposite

antipodes

/ænˈtɪpəˌdiːz/
plural noun
1.
either or both of two points, places, or regions that are situated diametrically opposite to one another on the earth's surface, esp the country or region opposite one's own
2.
the people who live there
3.
(often capital) the antipodes, Australia and New Zealand
4.
(sometimes functioning as sing) the exact or direct opposite
Derived Forms
antipodean (ænˌtɪpəˈdiːən) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek, plural of antipous having the feet opposite, from anti- + pous foot
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Word Origin and History for antipode

antipodes

n.

late 14c., "persons who dwell on the opposite side of the globe;" 1540s as "place on the opposite side of the earth," from Latin antipodes "those who dwell on the opposite side of the earth," from Greek antipodes, plural of antipous "with feet opposite (ours)," from anti- "opposite" (see anti-) + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)); thus, people who live on the opposite side of the world.

Yonde in Ethiopia ben the Antipodes, men that haue theyr fete ayenst our fete. ["De Proprietatibus Rerum Bartholomeus Anglicus," translated by John of Trevisa, 1398]
Not to be confused with antiscii "those who live on the same meridian on opposite side of the equator," whose shadows fall at noon in the opposite direction, from Greek anti- + skia "shadow." Related: Antipodal (adj.); antipodean (1630s, n.; 1650s, adj.).

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antipode in Science
antipodes
  (ān-tĭp'ə-dēz')   
Two places on directly opposite sides of the Earth, such as the North Pole and the South Pole.
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antipode in Culture
antipodes [(an-tip-uh-deez)]

Two places on the globe that are exactly opposite each other; for example, the North Pole and South Pole.

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