A person who ignores another person is an example of being in an Arctic mood.
Putting on a pair of galoshes over tennis shoes is an example of wearing Arctics.
An example is the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole.
- the region around the North Pole, including the Arctic Ocean and the lands in it north of the 70° latitude
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Origin of arctic
- Alteration (influenced by Latin arcticus) of Middle English artik northern from Medieval Latin articus from Latin arcticus from Greek arktikos from arktos bear, the northern constellation Ursa Major r̥tko- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).
- Old French artique, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός (arktikos, “of the bear, northern”), a reference to the northerly constellation Ursa Major, from ἄρκτος (arktos, “bear”).