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

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As boreal toad numbers declined alarmingly over the past two decades, government agencies and zoos, including the Denver Zoo, have increased programs aimed at boosting wild populations. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "More than 620 toads released by Denver Zoo in southwestern Utah," 27 June 2019 The nine of us filed onto a four-wheeler trail that led off the highway and into the boreal forest. Anchorage Daily News, "A 60-mile walk under the midnight sun, with no stops for sleep," 22 June 2019 Those fire suppression policies were not particularly prevalent in Canada’s vast boreal forest, which makes up roughly three-quarters of all forested area in the country. Washington Post, "Canada’s wildfire season is off to a ferocious start," 11 June 2019 Animals like the snowshoe hare, found in the boreal forests of Alaska, undergo a seasonal molt from brown in the summer to white in the winter to camouflage with their environment. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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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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