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 Longer term, the fires might also degrade the permafrost by removing upper layers of soil that act as an insulating barrier, a process that has been well documented in boreal forests. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "A heat wave thawed Siberia's tundra. Now, it's on fire.," 6 July 2020 Along the Peace River and its tributaries, the boreal forest, and parkland regions are the most consistent bear hotspots, as are the mountain foothills. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "Spring Bear Hunting Forecast for the U.S. and Canada," 2 Apr. 2020 Wood frogs waited in tundra ponds, magpies in shrub thickets, red squirrels in boreal woods. New York Times, "‘The Adventurer’s Son,’ by Roman Dial: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 Worldwide, boreal forests aren't rare, they're just not typically found this far south. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Late winter is peak season to visit Door County for smaller crowds and shorter waits," 21 Feb. 2020 Increasingly, researchers believe Native people controlled ecosystems across much of the globe, from boreal regions to the Amazon, including many areas formerly deemed pristine. Elizabeth Chilton, The Conversation, "Native people did not use fire to shape New England’s landscape," 20 Jan. 2020 Collectively, boreal forests lock away about 703 gigatons of carbon in woody fibers and soil. John Schwartz, New York Times, "One Thing You Can Do: Help to Preserve Forests," 8 Jan. 2020 Vast fires burning both boreal forest and peat soils have consumed parts of eastern Siberia, Alaska and even Greenland since June. The Economist, "Jair Bolsonaro shrugs as the Amazon burns," 23 Aug. 2019 Even the thrushes had quieted down at that hour, and that single snap reverberated through the boreal timber like a gunshot. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "How Hard Does Hunting Have to Be?," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Boreal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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