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arctic

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adjective arc·tic \ˈärk-tik, ˈär-tik\

Definition of arctic

  1. 1 often capitalized :  of, relating to, or suitable for use at the north pole or the region near it arctic waters arctic animals arctic clothing

  2. 2a :  bitter cold :  frigid arctic airb :  cold in temper or mood an arctic smile

arctically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of arctic in a Sentence

  1. The group is involved in Arctic exploration.

  2. 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


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arctic

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noun arc·tic \ˈär-tik, ˈärk-tik\

Definition of arctic

  1. :  a rubber overshoe reaching to the ankle or above

First Known Use of arctic

1868



ARCTIC Defined for English Language Learners

arctic

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adjective

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

arctic

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adjective arc·tic \ˈärk-tik, ˈär-tik\

Definition of arctic for Students

  1. 1 often cap :  of or relating to the north pole or to the region around it arctic explorers

  2. 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.


Arctic

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geographical name Arc·tic \ˈärk-tik, ˈärt-ik\

Definition of Arctic for Students

  1. 2 regions around the Arctic Circle



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