Nearctic

adjective Ne·arc·tic \ ˌnē-ˈärk-tik , -ˈär-tik \

Definition of Nearctic

: of, relating to, or being the biogeographic subregion that includes Greenland and North America north of tropical Mexico

Origin and Etymology of nearctic

ne- + 1arctic
Note: Introduced, along with neotropical, 2ethiopian, and palearctic, by the British zoologist Philip Sclater (1829-1913) in "On the general Geographical Distribution of the Members of the Class Aves [read June 16th, 1857]," Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society, Zoology, vol. 2 (1858), pp. 130-45.


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