Definition of Antarctic in English:


Syllabification: Ant·arc·tic
Pronunciation: /antˈär(k)tik


  • 1Of or relating to the south polar region or Antarctica.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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).

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