Definition of Holarctic in English:

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Holarctic

Pronunciation: /hälˈärktik/ Pronunciation: /hōˈlärk-/ Pronunciation: /-ˈärtik/

adjective

Zoology
1Relating to or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising the Nearctic and Palearctic regions combined. The two continents have been linked intermittently by the Bering land bridge, and the faunas are closely related.
Example sentences
  • Magpies occur throughout large parts of the Holarctic region.
  • In this study, we were interested in updating available information on an uncommon migratory seabird with a Holarctic distribution, the ivory gull.
  • These represent robust wolf-sized dogs thought to have derived from the large northern Holarctic wolf form C. l. lupus.
1.1 (as noun the Holarctic) The Holarctic region.

Origin

Late 19th century: from holo- 'whole' + Arctic.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Hol·arc·tic

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