Definition of boreal in English:

boreal

Line breaks: bor¦eal
Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːrɪəl
 
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adjective

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.
1.1 (Boreal) Botany Relating to or denoting a phytogeographical kingdom comprising the arctic and temperate regions of Eurasia and North America.
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  • 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.
2 (Boreal) Geology Relating to or denoting the second climatic stage of the postglacial period in northern Europe, between the Preboreal and Atlantic stages (about 9,000 to 7,500 years ago), marked by a warm, dry climate.
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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