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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Antarctica mean? 

  The noun ANTARCTICA has 1 sense:

1. an extremely cold continent at the south pole almost entirely below the Antarctic Circle; covered by an ice cap up to 13,000 feet deep

  Familiarity information: ANTARCTICA used as a noun is very rare.

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An extremely cold continent at the south pole almost entirely below the Antarctic Circle; covered by an ice cap up to 13,000 feet deep

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Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)


Antarctic continent; Antarctica

Context example:

Antarctica is twice the size of Australia

Instance hypernyms:

continent (one of the large landmasses of the earth)

Meronyms (parts of "Antarctica"):

Adelie Coast; Adelie Land; Terre Adelie (a costal region of Antarctica south of Australia; noted for its large colonies of penguins)

Antarctic Peninsula; Palmer Peninsula (a large peninsula of Antarctica that extends some 1200 miles north toward South America; separates the Weddell Sea from the South Pacific)

Admiralty Range (mountains in Antarctica north of Victoria Land)

Wilkes Land (a coastal region of Antarctica on the Indian Ocean south of Australia; most of the territory is claimed by Australia)

Victoria Land (a mountainous area of Antarctica bounded by the Ross Sea and Wilkes Land)

South Pole (the southernmost point of the Earth's axis)

Queen Maud Land (a region of Antarctica between Enderby Land and the Weddell Sea; claimed by Norway)

Enderby Land (a region of Antarctica between Queen Maud Land and Wilkes Land; claimed by Australia)

Coats Land (a region of western Antarctica along the southeastern shore of the Weddell Sea)

Ross Sea (an arm of the southern Pacific Ocean in Antarctica)

Holonyms ("Antarctica" is a part of...):

Antarctic; Antarctic Zone; South Frigid Zone (the region around the south pole: Antarctica and surrounding waters)

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