A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.
Other Word Forms of Arctic
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Arctic
- the Arctic
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”).
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