Examples of arctic in a sentence
The group is involved in Arctic exploration.
<the arctic air of deep winter>
Origin and Etymology of arctic
Middle English artik, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos, from arktos bear, Ursa Major, north; akin to Latin ursus bear, Sanskrit ṛkṣa
First Known Use: circa 1540
Definition of arctic
: a rubber overshoe reaching to the ankle or above
First Known Use of arctic
ARCTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of arctic for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the North Pole or the region around it
: very cold
ARCTIC Defined for Kids
Definition of arctic for Students
1 often cap : of or relating to the north pole or to the region around it <arctic explorers>
2 : very cold <arctic temperatures>
History for arctic
The Big Dipper is a group of stars in the northern sky. It looks like a dipper to us, but ancient people thought it looked like a large bear. The ancient Greeks gave it a name that meant “bear.” The English word arctic came from the Greek name for the Big Dipper. Because when we look at the Big Dipper we are looking toward the north, the word arctic refers to the region around the north pole.
Definition of Arctic for Students
2 regions around the Arctic Circle
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