subantarctic

adjective

sub·​ant·​arc·​tic ˌsəb-ant-ˈärk-tik How to pronounce subantarctic (audio)
-ˈär-tik
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or being a region just outside the antarctic circle

Examples of subantarctic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Roughly tracing the path that early man followed after crossing the land bridge over the Bering Strait, the Pan-American Highway runs at least 19,000 miles from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Ushuaia at the edge of Tierra del Fuego, a subantarctic territory split between Chile and Argentina. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 There, near the border with Chile, subantarctic forests preserve habitats for the guemal, puma, rhea, condor, and guanaco. National Geographic, 17 Nov. 2020 Aside from being responsible for describing dozens of firefly species, Vaz has provided tools and resources to facilitate firefly identification in the Neotropics, an area spreading from the Mexican desert into South America as far as the subantarctic zone. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 13 Sep. 2022 Patrick Hertzog, a photographer with AFP, recently visited several of its subantarctic districts aboard the research-and-supply vessel Marion Dufresne. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 4 Jan. 2023 Before it was sliced open by a shipping canal in 1914, the Isthmus of Panama united a land mass stretching from the Arctic Circle to subantarctic southern Patagonia. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 5 Oct. 2016 The hākoakoa, or subantarctic skua, is the bird equivalent of a pirate, Rykers said. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2022 There are ants in the very far north and the very far south, like the subantarctic region, but there were not enough studies of ants in those areas to make a mathematical estimate. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 20 Sep. 2022 On South Georgia, a far-flung subantarctic island 1,300 miles off the east coast of Argentina, elephant seals, albatross, and king penguins rule supreme. Liz Carlson, Outside Online, 2 Apr. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subantarctic was in 1851

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“Subantarctic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subantarctic. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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subantarctic

adjective
sub·​ant·​arc·​tic ˌsəb-ant-ˈärk-tik How to pronounce subantarctic (audio)
-ˈärt-ik
: of, relating to, or being a region just outside the antarctic circle
subantarctic islands
subantarctic seals
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