the antarctic


[ant-ahrk-tik, -ahr-tik]
of, at, or near the South Pole.
the Antarctic Ocean and Antarctica.

1325–75; < Latin antarcticus < Greek antarktikós (see ant-, arctic); replacing Middle English antartik (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin antarticus

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Antarctic (æntˈɑːktɪk)
1.  the Antarctic, Antarctic Zone Antarctica and the surrounding waters
2.  of or relating to the south polar regions
[C14: via Latin from Greek antarktikos; see anti-, arctic]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., antartyk, from O.Fr. antartique, from M.L. antarcticus, from Gk. antarktikos "opposite the north," from anti- "opposite" + arktikos "arctic" (see Arctic). The first -c- sound ceased to be pronounced in M.L. and was dropped in O.Fr. Modern spelling, which restores it, dates from c.1600.
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Antarctic definition

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

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