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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The northernmost region of the habitable world as thought of by ancient geographers.
  • n. A distant territory or destination.
  • n. A remote goal or ideal: "the ultima Thule of technology, the ne plus ultra . . . the answer to every earthly problem” ( John Gould).


Latin ultima Thūlē : ultima, feminine of ultimus, farthest + Thūlē, Thule.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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