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Thu·le 1

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.

Thu·le 3

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.

[After Thule.]
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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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(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.
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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Noun1.Thule - a town in northwestern Greenland; during World War II a United States naval base was built there
Greenland, Gronland, Kalaallit Nunaat - the largest island in the world; lies between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean; a self-governing province of Denmark
2.Thule - the geographical region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited worldThule - the geographical region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited world
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BY a route obscure and lonely, Haunted by ill angels only, Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT, On a black throne reigns upright, I have reached these lands but newly From an ultimate dim Thule - From a wild weird clime that lieth, sublime, Out of SPACE - out of TIME.
--Venient annis Saecula seris, quibus Oceanus Vincula rerum laxet, et ingens Pateat Tellus, Tiphysque novos Detegat orbes; nec sit terris Ultima Thule:
He went to the door of the partition wall, raised his hands, and hummed in French, "There was a king in Thule." "Vronsky, will you have a drink?"
Some, who seemed to be better informed than the rest, declared that the "row" would begin with the ballad of the KING OF THULE and rushed to the subscribers' entrance to warn Carlotta.
When Margarita had finished singing the ballad of the KING OF THULE, she was loudly cheered and again when she came to the end of the jewel song:
"Where the Northern Ocean, in vast whirls, Boils round the naked, melancholy isles Of farthest Thule; and the Atlantic surge Pours in among the stormy Hebrides."
"Ultima Thule was the place of its manufacture, even Birmingham the place of my birth."
My cognizance of the pit had become known to the inquisitorial agents -- the pit whose horrors had been destined for so bold a recusant as myself -- the pit, typical of hell, and regarded by rumor as the Ultima Thule of all their punishments.
Like the old King of Thule with the gold goblet of his mistress he would have had to cast it into the sea, before he died.
The colonel has a long to-do list to improve the living and working environment of Thule. Old dormitories must be scrapped and replaced.
Thule Sport and Cargo Systems, on the other hand, is exclusively distributed by Tow and Stow Industries Inc.
Thule Air Base, on Greenland, is the US Armed Forces' northernmost installation.