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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Recent Examples on the Web In cold, dry, subarctic air, a rocket taller than a house tilts northward, awaiting the moment when a person inside a nearby concrete building pushes a button. Anchorage Daily News, "Stand by for takeoff: NASA rocket prepares to take off at Poker Flat range near Fairbanks," 25 Jan. 2020 Get essential background on the geology of this subarctic island nation, and learn about the impact of climate change. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 The park encompasses six million acres of subarctic taiga and tundra and is populated by an astounding range of wildlife. National Geographic, "Alaska Expedition: Wildlife, Fjords, and Glaciers," 10 Sep. 2019 Majestic subarctic mountains, white snow, black basalt, and teal oceans with breaching whales. Kathleen Renda, House Beautiful, "This Icelandic Apartment Is Filled With Small-Space Inspiration," 16 Aug. 2018 As part of her arrest and then punishment in a subarctic climate in Siberia, Khachatryan endured horrible indignities. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "A Stalin-era Gulag survivor never saw her husband again. USA TODAY found him.," 14 June 2018 The idea is simple: Anchorage's subarctic climate means that drunk people who do not find shelter could freeze or succumb to a host of other hazards. Anchorage Daily News, "An endless loop: Homeless, alcoholic and dependent on Anchorage’s fraying and expensive safety net," 20 Jan. 2016 This is far-flung subarctic wilderness—no roads, no people, just a lot of bears and buckbrush. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018 Wildlife-lovers descend on the subarctic town of Churchill for a few weeks each autumn to tour the desolate landscape to look for polar bears. Diane Bair And Pamela Wright,, "Greetings from polar bear country," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of subarctic

1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Subarctic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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