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The most northerly region of the habitable world to ancient Greek geographers. Posited as an island north of Britain, it has been variously identified with Iceland, Norway, and the Shetland Islands.
Thu·le 2(to͞o′lē) or Qaa·naaq (kä-näk′)
A town of northwest Greenland northwest of Cape York. A US air base was built here after World War II.
A Native American culture that spread eastward across coastal Arctic regions to eastern Canada and Greenland from its beginnings in the Bering Strait region, flourishing from about 1000 to 1600.
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1. (Historical Terms) 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. (Placename) an Inuit settlement in NW Greenland: a Danish trading post, founded in 1910, and US air force base
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Thu•le(ˈθu li for 1,2; ˈtu- for 3,4 )
1. Also called ultima Thule. an island or region believed by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be the northernmost part of the inhabited world: variously identified as Iceland, Norway, or one of the Shetland Islands.
2. a settlement in NW Greenland: site of U.S. air base. 749.adj.
3. of or designating an Eskimo culture flourishing from A.D. 500 to 1400, and extending throughout the Arctic from Greenland to Alaska.
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|Noun||1.||Thule - a town in northwestern Greenland; during World War II a United States naval base was built there|
|2.||Thule - the geographical region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited world|
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