from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region between the North Pole and the northern timberlines of North America and Eurasia.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A region of the Earth above the Arctic Circle, containing the North Pole.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Arctic.
From Old French artique (with -c- reintroduced after Latin in the 17th century), from Latin arcticus, from Ancient Greek ἀρκτικός ("northern, of the (Great) Bear"), from ἄρκτος ("bear, Ursa Major"). (Wiktionary)