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boreal

Syllabification: bo·re·al
Pronunciation: /ˈbôrēəl
 
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Definition of boreal in English:

adjective

1Of the North or northern regions.
Example sentences
  • The alleged bureaucratic ubiquity of the Teutonic world is not really being treated as conditional on the truth of a contingent claim about those hardy Boreal nomads of the Arctic.
  • It is apparently absent from Triassic faunas of northeastern Asia and the Boreal region, and until now has not been reported from the Triassic of the Americas.
  • There is some disagreement about stratigraphic nomenclature and correlations between the Boreal and Tethyan faunal realms across the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary.
1.1 Ecology Relating to or characteristic of the climatic zone south of the Arctic, especially the cold temperate region dominated by taiga and forests of birch, poplar, and conifers: northern boreal forest
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  • Moose and caribou share the region's tundra and boreal forests with arctic foxes, wolves, lynx, and black bears.
  • The Siberian northern boreal forests, called Taiga, where the fires were burning are mainly spruce and fir trees.
  • The temperate and boreal forests along with the arctic tundra of these four provinces are extremely fragile.
1.2 (Boreal) Botany Relating to or denoting a phytogeographical kingdom comprising the arctic and temperate regions of Eurasia and North America.
Example sentences
  • This, following the current views on molecular evolution, may have been a separate benthic-planktic transition in Boreal latitudes; Compactogerina is currently only known from Northern Russia and the south of the UK.
  • Eriophorum spp. are abundant perennial graminoids in the Arctic tundra and boreal peatlands.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin borealis, from Latin Boreas, denoting the god of the north wind, from Greek.

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