See also: antarctic
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”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ænˈtɑː(k)tɪk/ (see Usage notes)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ænˈtɑɹ(k)tɪk/ (see Usage notes)
- 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.
- Of, from, or pertaining to Antarctica and the south polar regions.
- (figuratively) Opposite, contradictory.
- (obsolete) Southern.
pertaining to Antarctica