(comparative more arctic, superlative most arctic)
- Being extremely cold, snowy, or having other properties of extreme winter associated with the Arctic.
- The food was kept very fresh by the arctic temperature setting of the freezer.
Old French artique, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, “of the bear, northern”), a reference to the northerly constellation Ursa Major, from ἄρκτος (arktos, “bear”).
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”).