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Antarctic Syllabification: Ant·arc·tic
Pronunciation: /anˈ(t)ärktik/

Definition of Antarctic in English:


1Of or relating to the south polar region or Antarctica.
Example sentences
  • This reduced the mixing of warm, tropical ocean water and cold, polar water causing the buildup of the Antarctic polar ice cap.
  • The Northern Lights are a phenomenon that is seen in the skies on clear, dark nights in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
  • It recreates the vegetation and animal life in the Antarctic and Arctic regions.
1.1 Botany Of, relating to, or denoting a phytogeographical kingdom comprising New Zealand, southern parts of Chile and Argentina, and islands in the South Atlantic and southern Indian Ocean.
Example sentences
  • Lichens thus dominate the Antarctic flora both in terms of species diversity and in terms of total biomass.
  • The role of liverworts in Antarctic plant communities is discussed in detail.
  • The Antarctic flora is a distinct community of vascular plants which evolved millions of years ago.


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The Antarctic region.
Example sentences
  • Penguins are the most common birds in the Antarctic.
  • I ended the book with a photograph of an emperor penguin chick from the Antarctic.
  • The lichen samples were collected along a transect from the northern maritime Antarctic to the continent.


Late Middle English: from Old French antartique or Latin antarcticus, from Greek antarktikos 'opposite to the north', from ant- 'against' + arktikos (see Arctic).

Words that rhyme with Antarctic

arctic, subantarctic, subarctic

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