Antarctic

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French antarctique, from Latin antarcticus, from Ancient Greek ανταρκτικός (antarktikós), from αντί (antí, opposite) + άρκτος (arktos, Great Bear) + ικός (ikós, -ic).

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Antarctic (comparative more Antarctic, superlative most Antarctic)

  1. (obsolete) Southern.
  2. Of, from, or pertaining to Antarctica and the south polar regions.
  3. (figuratively) Opposite, contradictory.

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  • The word was originally pronounced without /k/, but the spelling pronunciation has become the more common one. The "c" was originally added to the spelling for etymological reasons, and its pronunciation returned thereafter.

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Antarctic

  1. One of the major ecozones of the world, covering the south polar regions.

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