bo·​re·​al | \ˈbȯr-ē-əl \

Definition of boreal 

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

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

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Rising temperatures can trigger massive die-offs in places filled with life, for example, such as the oceans or tropical and boreal forests. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Warn Earth's Ecosystems Could Start Releasing CO2 On Their Own," 7 Aug. 2018 The study examined ten of the Earth’s more vulnerable habitats, including the Amazon rainforest, polar ice caps, boreal forest, and the ocean floor. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Warn Earth's Ecosystems Could Start Releasing CO2 On Their Own," 7 Aug. 2018 Over much of their range, boreal owls operate in the dark every night. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018 More than half of Canada’s landmass is comprised of the boreal forest—a vast and tree-filled region that extends across the country. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Canada Is Now Home to the World’s Largest Stretch of Protected Boreal Forests," 18 May 2018 The Nashville Warbler is a boreal forest breeder on its way not to Tennessee (despite its name) but up the Mississippi Valley to the North Woods. Bruce M. Beehler, Smithsonian, "Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Days," 16 Apr. 2018 The trees surrounding the Kanuti clearing are typical of the boreal forest, but Pilgrim Springs on the Seward Peninsula is home to spruce and pine trees, probably planted by someone during that place's long occupation. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Finding a steaming oasis, isolated and remote: A look at Alaska’s hot springs," 14 Apr. 2018 More than one-third of the world’s remaining large intact forest acreage lies in the boreal forests of the far north, mainly in Canada and Russia. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The World’s Wilderness: Going, Going and Soon Gone?," 4 Apr. 2018 Around half of the area of the world's IFLs are in the tropics, and a third can be found in the boreal forests of North America and Eurasia. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Acreage of Pristine Landscapes Declined Significantly So Far This Century," 1 July 2017

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First Known Use of boreal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boreal

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

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