adjective, often capitalized
ant·​arc·​tic | \ (ˌ)ant-ˈärk-tik How to pronounce antarctic (audio) , -ˈär-tik How to pronounce antarctic (audio) \

Definition of antarctic

: of or relating to the south pole or to the region near it

Examples of antarctic in a Sentence

The group is involved in Antarctic exploration.
Recent Examples on the Web Russia and China are both building new icebreakers, as the two powers acknowledge the growing importance of the arctic and antarctic regions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 11 June 2020 Scientists rushed to make sense of the depletion, and terrifying stories circulated about antarctic sheep being blinded by UV radiation and humans facing unavoidable skin cancer. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Thirty countries have national antarctic programs and are members, according to the council. Ben Kesling, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2020 These were much different worlds, with antarctic forests and warmth-loving reptiles at the poles—balmy interludes driven by naturally higher carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Peter Brannen, The Atlantic, 31 Aug. 2017 Antarctic ice cores have recorded an impressive span of climatic history for us, covering the last 800,000 years. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2017 El Niño is a weather event that brings unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean, and one of the big takeaways from the research is that this strong El Niño in 2016 directly contributed to the unusually widespread Antarctic ice melt. Aj Willingham, CNN, 19 June 2017 In 1964, his discovery of DDT residue in Antarctic penguins and seals testified to the pesticide’s vast reach. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 17 June 2017 The scientists behind the Larsen C prediction are part of an Antarctic research group called Project MIDAS that investigates how global climate change impacts the ice shelf. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 28 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of antarctic

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antarctic

Middle English antartik, from Latin antarcticus, from Greek antarktikos, from anti- + arktikos arctic

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adjective, often capitalized
ant·​arc·​tic | \ ant-ˈärk-tik How to pronounce antarctic (audio) , -ˈär-tik \

Kids Definition of antarctic

: of or relating to the south pole or to the region around it antarctic explorers

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