adjective bo·re·al \ˈbȯr-ē-əl\

Definition of boreal

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or located in northern regions <boreal waters>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or comprising the northern biotic area characterized especially by dominance of coniferous forests

Origin and Etymology of boreal

Middle English boriall, from Late Latin borealis, from Latin boreas north wind, north, from Greek, from Boreas

First Known Use: 15th century

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