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[an-tip-uh-deez] /ænˈtɪp əˌdiz/
plural noun
places diametrically opposite each other on the globe.
those who dwell there.
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
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[an-tip-uh-dee-uh n] /ænˌtɪp əˈdi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for antipodeans


plural noun
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
the people who live there
(often capital) the antipodes, Australia and New Zealand
(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 antipodeans
"place on the opposite side of the earth," late 14c., from L. antipodes "those who dwell on the opposite side of the earth," from Gk. antipodes, pl. of antipous "with feet opposite (ours)," from anti- "opposite" + pous "foot" (see foot), thus people who live on the opposite side of the world. 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 Gk. anti- + skia "shadow."
"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]
Related: Antipodal (adj., 1640s); antipodean (1630s)
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antipodeans in Science
Two places on directly opposite sides of the Earth, such as the North Pole and the South Pole.
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antipodeans 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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