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Origin of antipodes
noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of antipode
Examples from the Web for antipodes
In all this he was, of course, the antipodes of Tycho, but in mathematical skill he was greatly his superior.Pioneers of Science|Oliver Lodge
The Mobility are the antipodes to the Nobility: the one race of men being at the top of the world, the other at the bottom of it.Portraits of Children of The Mobility|Percival Leigh
In 1519 Magellan made his famous voyage and proved the earth to be round and that men actually lived in the antipodes.The Necessity of Atheism|Dr. D.M. Brooks
He had travelled through the axis of the earth to the antipodes, which actually did hang head downward.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
If I travel, aunt, I touch at your antipodes—your antipodes are a good rascally sort of topsy-turvy fellows.The Way of the World|William Congreve
Word Origin for antipodes
late 14c., "persons who dwell on the opposite side of the globe;" 1540s as "place on the opposite side of the earth," from Latin antipodes "those who dwell on the opposite side of the earth," from Greek antipodes, plural of antipous "with feet opposite (ours)," from anti- "opposite" (see anti-) + pous "foot" (see foot (n.)); thus, people who live on the opposite side of the world.
Yonde in Ethiopia ben the Antipodes, men that haue theyr fete ayenst our fete. ["De Proprietatibus Rerum Bartholomeus Anglicus," translated by John of Trevisa, 1398]
Not to be confused with antiscii "those who live on the same meridian on opposite side of the equator," whose shadows fall at noon in the opposite direction, from Greek anti- + skia "shadow." Related: Antipodal (adj.); antipodean (1630s, n.; 1650s, adj.).