Share this entry

Share this page

Nearctic

Syllabification: Ne·arc·tic
Pronunciation: /nēˈärktik, -ˈärtik
 
/

Definition of Nearctic in English:

adjective

Zoology
1Of, relating to, or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising North America as far south as northern Mexico, together with Greenland. The fauna is closely related to that of the Palearctic region. Compare with Holarctic.
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.

Definition of Nearctic in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…