Definition of Nearctic in English:

Nearctic

Line breaks: Ne¦arc|tic
Pronunciation: /nɪˈɑːktɪk
 
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adjective

Zoology
  • 1Relating to or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising North America as far south as northern Mexico, together with Greenland. Compare with Holarctic.
    More example sentences
    • Humans introduced Old World sparrows to the Nearctic, Neotropical and Australian regions.
    • Comparisons were made between larvae of C. lari and larvae of other Nearctic species of Ceratophyllus available to us.
    • Striped skunks are native only to the Nearctic region.
  • 1.1 (as noun the Nearctic) The Nearctic region.

Origin

mid 19th century: from neo- 'new' + Arctic.

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