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Thule1

[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.

Thule2

[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 Thule2
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
First recorded in 1655-65; literally, farthest Thule
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  • But English will mean fame in ultima Thule; the isles of the sea, as the Bible says.

  • While the period of Thule is 8.8 years, the period of Medusa is 3·1 years.

  • I am glad to get somebody decent to talk to, or at, in this outlandish ultima Thule.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • And he was followed by his brother Aordus and two hundred youths of the Eruli in Thule.

    Procopius Procopius
  • But Thule was quite as happy as if the hut had been a palace.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • Here they planted the alder; and Thule brought water, and moistened the roots.

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • Then Thule kissed his mother, and trudged off to the forest as usual.

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

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

    Fairy Book Sophie May
  • For all the words are in Horace, except Thule, which might have been there.

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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