Arctic

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɑːktɪk/, /ˈɑːtɪk/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑɹktɪk/, /ˈɑɹtɪk/
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Proper noun[edit]

Arctic

  1. A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

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Adjective[edit]

Arctic (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Arctic.

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