antipodes[an tip′ə dēz′]
- any two places directly opposite each other on the earth
- a place on the opposite side of the earth
- two opposite or contrary things
Origin of antipodesMedieval Latin ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek plural of antipous, with the feet opposite ; from anti-, opposite + pous, foot
- Any two places or regions that are on diametrically opposite sides of the earth.
- (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Something that is the exact opposite or contrary of another; an antipode.
Origin of antipodesMiddle English, people with feet opposite ours, from Latin, from Greek, from pl. of antipous, with the feet opposite : anti-, anti- + pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
- Australia and New Zealand. Usually used informally.
- A group of rocky islands of the southern Pacific Ocean southeast of New Zealand, to which they belong. They were discovered by British seamen in 1800 and are so named because they are almost diametrically opposite Greenwich, England.
- Pronunciation IPA: /ˈæntɪi.pəʊdz// is often considered incorrect.
From Ancient Greek ἀντίποδες (antipodes), plural of ἀντίπους (antipous), from ἀντί (anti, “opposite”) + πούς (pous, “foot”).