boreal

adjective
bo·​re·​al | \ ˈbȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce boreal (audio) \

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

Examples of boreal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Due to early snow melt and a lack of rain in June, the duff layer that blankets the floors of boreal forests and the tundra has dried out. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 25 July 2022 Parts saw an early snow melt and then a largely rain-free June that dried out the duff layer — the band of decaying moss and grasses that blankets the floors of boreal forests and the tundra. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 Parts saw an early snow melt and then a largely rain-free June that dried out the duff layer — the band of decaying moss and grasses that blankets the floors of boreal forests and the tundra. Mark Thiessen, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2022 Thoman also noted the western spread of the state’s boreal forest — meaning that over the long term, a tundra fire in Southwest Alaska may just be considered a forest fire, with warmer summers able to support tree growth. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2022 There’s something really fresh about the boreal forests on the coast. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 17 June 2022 If fire suppression remains unchanged, wildfires in boreal North America are projected to release up to 11.93 gigatons of carbon dioxide by mid-century -- roughly equivalent to the annual emissions from 2.6 billion cars, Phillips said. Byjulia Jacobo, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Of all the fires burning on Earth, none are more terrifying than the conflagrations that light the arid West, the Mediterranean, the eucalyptus forests of Australia, and the boreal woods of Siberia and the Canadian north. The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2022 There are much bigger fires recorded just 50 or 60 miles north of St. Mary's, but those burned in boreal forests. Arkansas Online, 12 June 2022 See More

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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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5 Aug 2022

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“Boreal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boreal. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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