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Arctic

[ ahrk-tik or, especially for 7, ahr-tik ]
/ ˈɑrk tɪk or, especially for 7, ˈɑr tɪk /
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adjective

noun

the Arctic, the region lying north of the Arctic Circle or of the northernmost limit of tree growth; the polar area north of the timberline.
arctics, warm, waterproof overshoes.

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Origin of Arctic

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikós “northern,” literally, “of the Bear,” equivalent to árkt(os), “bear” (see Ursa Major) + -ikos -ic; replacing Middle English artik, from Middle French artique, from Latin

OTHER WORDS FROM Arctic

arc·ti·cal·ly, adverbsub·arc·tic, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH Arctic

Antarctic, Arctic
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British Dictionary definitions for Arctic (1 of 2)

arctic
/ (ˈɑːktɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to the Arcticarctic temperatures
informal cold; freezingthe weather at Christmas was arctic

noun

US a high waterproof overshoe with buckles
(modifier) designed or suitable for conditions of extreme coldarctic clothing

Word Origin for arctic

C14: from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos northern, literally: pertaining to (the constellation of) the Bear, from arktos bear

British Dictionary definitions for Arctic (2 of 2)

Arctic
/ (ˈɑːktɪk) /

noun

the Arctic or Arctic Zone the regions north of the Arctic Circle

adjective

of or relating to the regions north of the Arctic Circle
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Cultural definitions for Arctic

Arctic

Region in the northernmost area of the Earth, centered on the North Pole.

notes for Arctic

The weather of the Arctic is characterized by long, cold winters and short, cool summers.

notes for Arctic

The Arctic has been the object of much exploration by air, land, and sea. The shortest distance by plane between continents in the Northern Hemisphere is often over the Arctic.
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