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 Calypso is an educational farm tucked away in a boreal forest in Ester, Alaska, near Fairbanks. Author: Max Graham, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2021 Ultimately, this research could help fire managers better allocate resources within boreal forests and prevent small flare-ups from spiraling out of control. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021 Oaks that are common in western and southwestern Minnesota are likely to migrate north, while the pines of the boreal forest in northeastern Minnesota are likely to recede north and perhaps disappear from the state entirely. Dave Braunger, Star Tribune, 3 Feb. 2019 My family lived in the boreal forest for two-thirds of every year, from before ice breakup until snowfall and freeze-up. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 Stories about the presence of great gray, boreal and Northern hawk owls garnered national news, bringing in birders from around the world. Richard Chin, Star Tribune, 31 Mar. 2021 It's situated along the U.S. and Canadian border, a transition zone where deciduous forests from the south blend with boreal forests of the north. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2021 Striking in its long, narrow shape and encased in boreal beauty, Birch Lake, too, has given over to time. Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 An outbreak of the spruce worm — an invertebrate pest — in the boreal regions of Canada and northern Minnesota might be attracting the finches, looking for a meal. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, 21 Jan. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Boreal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boreal. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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