thule


thule

noun

  1. the ancient Greek and Latin name for an island or region variously identified as one of the Shetland Islands, Iceland, or Norway: supposed to be the most northerly region of the world.
  2. ultima Thule.
  3. a settlement in NW Greenland: site of U.S. air base.

adjective

  1. of or relating to an Eskimo culture flourishing from a.d. 500–1400, and extending throughout the Arctic from Greenland to Alaska.

noun

  1. (italics) Latin. the highest degree attainable.
  2. the farthest point; the limit of any journey.
  3. the point believed by the ancients to be farthest north.

noun

  1. Also called: ultima Thule a region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited world: sometimes thought to have been Iceland, Norway, or one of the Shetland Islands
  2. an Inuit settlement in NW Greenland: a Danish trading post, founded in 1910, and US air force base

noun

  1. another name for Thule
  2. any distant or unknown region
  3. a remote goal or aim

northernmost part of the world, Old English, from Latin, from Greek Thyle “land six days’ sail north of Britain” (Polybius). Identity is speculative; it came to be used in a transferred sense of “extreme limits of travel.”

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