Did You Know?
Arctic and Antarctic trace their names to the simple meanings of “Bears” and “Opposite the Bears”.
Did you know that the term Antarctic actually comes from “anti-Arctic”?
The name Arctic comes from the Greek word Arktos, which means bear. The bears in question are not polar, but celestial: the Great and the Little Bear, constellations visible only in the Northern Hemisphere. Antarktikos – Antarctica – is thus the opposite of “the land of the bear” and is situated on the other side of the planet.