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arc·tic  audio  (ärktk, ärtk) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Extremely cold; frigid. See Synonyms at cold.
NOUN:
A warm waterproof overshoe.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration (influenced by Latin arcticus), of Middle English artic, northern from Medieval Latin articus, from Latin arcticus, from Greek arktikos, from arktos, bear, the northern constellation Ursa Major; see tko- in Indo-European roots


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