subarctic

adjective
sub·arc·tic | \ˌsəb-ˈärk-tik, -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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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, BostonGlobe.com, "Greetings from polar bear country," 13 Mar. 2018 Even Anchorage, Alaska's normally subarctic climate has people ready for a pool party at 48 degrees. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis is colder than the North Pole and these other places," 2 Jan. 2018 In the subarctic tundra of southwest Alaska, where the vegetation runs from moss to stunted willow, the Yupik have chants, songs, and stories about the importance of driftwood. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 Shneyder is from Omsk, in a region of Russia renowned for its natural resources and subarctic climate — where the average annual temperature is 23 degrees, and one town once recorded a temperature of minus 89.9 degrees, in 1933. cleveland.com, "Best vodka drinks in Cleveland: a cure for the winter cold (photos)," 1 Feb. 2018 This famous recluse once took a five-month trip around the world as well as a subarctic train expedition, both times traveling with just her camera for company. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Vivian Maier, Through a Clearer Lens," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of subarctic

1652, in the meaning defined above

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