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Thule

[thoo-lee for 1, 2; too-lee for 3] /ˈθu li for 1, 2; ˈtu li for 3/
noun
1.
the ancient Greek and Latin name for an island or region variously identified as one of the Shetland Islands, Iceland, or Norway: supposed to be the most northerly region of the world.
3.
a settlement in NW Greenland: site of U.S. air base.

Thule

[too-lee] /ˈtu li/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an Eskimo culture flourishing from a.d. 500–1400, and extending throughout the Arctic from Greenland to Alaska.
Origin of Thule
named after Thule, Greenland

ultima Thule

[uhl-tuh-muh thoo-lee; Latin oo l-ti-mah too-le] /ˈʌl tə mə ˈθu li; Latin ˈʊl tɪˌmɑ ˈtu lɛ/
noun
1.
(italics) Latin. the highest degree attainable.
2.
the farthest point; the limit of any journey.
3.
the point believed by the ancients to be farthest north.
Also called Thule.
Origin
1655-65; literally, farthest Thule
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  • At the distance of a day's sail from Thule the sea is difficult to pass through, and frozen; it is by some called Cronium.

  • Yonder boy,” said she, pointing to little Thule, “has saved me.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • This must be an echo of the tales about Thule, which he had got from older Greek or Roman authors.

  • He had heard of Thule, the little woodcutter who was called so brave and generous and true.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • By Thule is no doubt meant the Scandinavian peninsula, or rather the western coast of it.

    Sweden Victor Nilsson
  • For all the words are in Horace, except Thule, which might have been there.

  • Thule has a longest day of twenty hours, and it is distant west from Alexandria two hours.

  • He also went to England and "sailed a hundred leagues to the island of Thule in 1477."

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • And he was followed by his brother Aordus and two hundred youths of the Eruli in Thule.

    Procopius Procopius
  • She sang the 'King of Thule,' and every one listened in profound silence.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for Thule

Thule

/ˈθjuːlɪ/
noun
1.
Also called ultima Thule. a region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited world: sometimes thought to have been Iceland, Norway, or one of the Shetland Islands
2.
an Inuit settlement in NW Greenland: a Danish trading post, founded in 1910, and US air force base

ultima Thule

/ˈθjuːlɪ/
noun
1.
another name for Thule
2.
any distant or unknown region
3.
a remote goal or aim
Word Origin
Latin: the most distant Thule
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Word Origin and History for Thule

northernmost part of the world, Old English, from Latin, from Greek Thyle "land six days' sail north of Britain" (Polybius). Identity is speculative; it came to be used in a transferred sense of "extreme limits of travel."

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