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tundra

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noun tun·dra \ˈtən-drə also ˈtu̇n-\

Simple Definition of tundra

  • : a large area of flat land in northern parts of the world where there are no trees and the ground is always frozen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tundra

  1. :  a level or rolling treeless plain that is characteristic of arctic and subarctic regions, consists of black mucky soil with a permanently frozen subsoil, and has a dominant vegetation of mosses, lichens, herbs, and dwarf shrubs; also :  a similar region confined to mountainous areas above timberline

Examples of tundra in a sentence

  1. <a report on the arctic tundra of Alaska and the polar bears that inhabit that vast, frozen plain>



Origin and Etymology of tundra

Russian, from Russian dialect (northeast) tundra, tundara, from Kildin Sami (Sami language of the northern Kola Peninsula) tūnter


First Known Use: circa 1841


TUNDRA Defined for Kids

tundra

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noun tun·dra \ˈtən-drə\

Definition of tundra for Students

  1. :  a treeless plain of arctic regions having a permanently frozen layer below the surface of the soil





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