Antarctic

See also: antarctic

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English antartik, antartyk, from Old French antartique, from Latin antarcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀνταρκτικός (antarktikós), from ἀντί (antí, opposite) + ἄρκτος (árktos, bear) + -ικός (-ikós, -ic).

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  • The word was originally pronounced without /k/, but the spelling pronunciation has become the more common one. The "c" was originally added to the spelling for etymological reasons, and its pronunciation returned thereafter.

AdjectiveEdit

Antarctic (comparative more Antarctic, superlative most Antarctic)

  1. Of, from, or pertaining to Antarctica and the south polar regions.
  2. (figuratively) Opposite, contradictory.
  3. (obsolete) Southern.

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Proper nounEdit

Antarctic

  1. One of the major ecozones of the world, covering the south polar regions.

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