Thule 1 [ thoo-lee for 1, 2; too-lee for 3] EXAMPLES | noun 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. a settlement in NW Greenland: site of U.S. air base. adjective of or relating to an Eskimo culture flourishing from a.d. 500–1400, and extending throughout the Arctic from Greenland to Alaska. Origin of Thule 2
ultima Thule [ uhl-t uh-m uh thoo-lee; Latin -ti-mah oo l too-le] noun ( italics) . Latin the highest degree attainable. the farthest point; the limit of any journey. the point believed by the ancients to be farthest north. Origin of ultima Thule
First recorded in
1655–65; literally, farthest Thule
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Examples from the Web for thule Historical Examples of thule
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
And he was followed by his brother Aordus and two hundred youths of the Eruli in
He had heard of
Thule, the little woodcutter who was called so brave and generous and true. British Dictionary definitions for thule noun 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 an Inuit settlement in NW Greenland: a Danish trading post, founded in 1910, and US air force base noun any distant or unknown region a remote goal or aim Word Origin for ultima Thule
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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