1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
2. Of or relating to a human physical type exemplified by the tall, narrow-headed, light-skinned, blond-haired peoples of Scandinavia. Not in scientific use.
a. Of or relating to cross-country skiing: Nordic skis.
b. Of or relating to a competitive event featuring cross-country racing, ski jumping, and biathlon.
1. A native or inhabitant of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, or Finland.
2. A person of the Nordic physical type. Not in scientific use.
[French nordique, from nord, north, from Old French nort, from Old English north; see ner-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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