sub·​arc·​tic | \ ˌsəb-ˈärk-tik How to pronounce subarctic (audio) , -ˈär-tik \

Definition of subarctic

: of, relating to, characteristic of, or being regions immediately outside of the arctic circle or regions similar to these in climate or conditions of life

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subarctic noun

Examples of subarctic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last week, tracking showed some doses headed for California and Alabama had gotten colder than even that subarctic temperature, potentially rendering them ineffective. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Temperature-Tracking Tools Take Center Stage in Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout," 21 Dec. 2020 But the vaccine was packaged in 975-dose batches that must be kept at subarctic temperatures until used. Washington Post, "Isolated residents and an overwhelmed hospital: Covid-19 hits Western Maryland," 28 Dec. 2020 The vaccine is transported in glass vials strong enough to withstand transit and the subarctic temperatures in which the liquid must be stored. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Mass Distribution of Covid-19 Vaccines Is Under Way. ‘Everything Has to Come Together.’," 14 Dec. 2020 The vials must be transported and stored at extreme, subarctic temperatures, far below the chilling capabilities of standard equipment in medical offices, pharmacies and even many hospitals. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "A vial, a vaccine and hopes for slowing a pandemic — how a shot comes to be," 18 Nov. 2020 Dry ice helps maintain the subarctic temperature during shipping. Dana Jacobson, CBS News, "How Pfizer plans to keep its vaccine at subarctic temperatures during transport," 21 Nov. 2020 In Anchorage’s subarctic climate, homelessness can be deadly. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Special report: Anchorage faces a homeless crisis — and the challenges may be increasing," 6 June 2020 This trajectory ultimately landed him in compulsory internal exile in a remote farming village in the subarctic district of Arkhangelsk. Ann Kjellberg, The New York Review of Books, "Beyond Meaning: Joseph Brodsky’s Poetry of Exile," 11 May 2020 Hauling empty packs, Holland traversed the icy subarctic route from her home to the bus stop: roughly one-third of a mile, in temperatures that hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit. Eva Holland, Outside Online, "Yukon Athlete Completes Ambitious Expedition to Store," 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of subarctic

1652, in the meaning defined above

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4 Apr 2021

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“Subarctic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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