antarctic[ant ärk′tik, -är′-]
- The definition of Antarctic is anything that is closely located or related to the South Pole.
An example of an animal that may be Antarctic is the penguin.
These penguins are Antarctic animals.
Origin of antarcticMiddle English antarik ; from Old French antartique ; from Classical Latin antarcticus ; from Classical Greek antarktikos, southern ; from anti-, opposite + arktikos, arctic
(comparative more antarctic, superlative most antarctic)
- Alternative spelling of Antarctic.
(comparative more Antarctic, superlative most Antarctic)
- 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.
From Old French antarctique, from Latin antarcticus, from Ancient Greek ανταρκτικός (antarktikós), from αντί (anti-, “opposite”) + άρκτος (arktos, “Great Bear”) + ικός (-ikos, “-ic”).