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Antarctic

[ ant-ahrk-tik, -ahr-tik ]
/ æntˈɑrk tɪk, -ˈɑr tɪk /
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adjective
Sometimes antarctic . of, at, or near the South Pole.
noun
the Antarctic, the continent of Antarctica along with the Southern Ocean.
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Origin of Antarctic

First recorded in 1325–75; from Latin antarcticus, from Greek antarktikós; replacing Middle English antartik or directly from Middle French, from Medieval Latin antarticus; see ant-, Arctic

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Antarctic

Antarctic , Arctic
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British Dictionary definitions for Antarctic

Antarctic
/ (æntˈɑːktɪk) /

noun
the Antarctic or Antarctic Zone Antarctica and the surrounding waters
adjective
of or relating to the south polar regions

Word Origin for Antarctic

C14: via Latin from Greek antarktikos; see anti-, arctic
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Cultural definitions for Antarctic

Antarctic

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

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