Definitions for thuleˈθu li for 1,2 ; ˈtu- for 3,4
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Thu•leˈθu li for 1,2 ; ˈtu- for 3,4(n.)
Category: Ancient History
Ref: Also called ultima Thule.
a settlement in NW Greenland: site of U.S. air base. 749.
Category: Geography (places)
(adj.)of or designating an Eskimo culture flourishing from a .d . 500 to 1400, and extending throughout the Arctic from Greenland to Alaska.
a town in northwestern Greenland; during World War II a United States naval base was built there
Thule, ultima Thule(noun)
the geographical region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited world
the ancestors of the Canadian Inuit
the northernmost location of the ancient world
Origin: From Θούλη.
the name given by ancient geographers to the northernmost part of the habitable world. According to some, this land was Norway, according to others, Iceland, or more probably Mainland, the largest of the Shetland islands; hence, the Latin phrase ultima Thule, farthest Thule
Thule, also spelled Thula, Thila, or Thyïlea, is, in classical European literature and maps, a region in the far north. Though often considered to be an island in antiquity, modern interpretations of what was meant by Thule often identify it as Norway, an identification supported by modern calculations. Other interpretations include Orkney, Shetland, and Scandinavia. In the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Thule was often identified as Iceland or Greenland. Another suggested location is Saaremaa in the Baltic Sea. The term ultima Thule in medieval geographies denotes any distant place located beyond the "borders of the known world". Sometimes it is used as a proper noun as the Latin name for Greenland when Thule is used for Iceland.
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