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Definition of the Antarctic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Antarctic

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BrE BrE//ænˈtɑːktɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ænˈtɑːrktɪk//
 
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the regions of the world around the South Pole Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French antartique or Latin antarcticus, from Greek antarktikos ‘opposite to the north’, from ant- ‘against’ + arktikos, from arktos ‘bear, Ursa Major, pole star’.
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