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See also: arctic
From Old French artique (with -c- reintroduced after Latin in the 17th century), from Latin arcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, “northern, of the (Great) Bear”), from ἄρκτος (arktos, “bear, Ursa Major”).
- Like Antarctic, this 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.
A region of the Earth
Arctic (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to the Arctic.
Of or pertaining to the Arctic