Ne·​arc·​tic ˌnē-ˈärk-tik How to pronounce Nearctic (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the biogeographic subregion that includes Greenland and North America north of tropical Mexico

Word History


ne- + arctic entry 1

Note: Introduced, along with neotropical, ethiopian entry 2, 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.

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nearctic was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Nearctic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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