tai·​ga ˈtī-gə How to pronounce taiga (audio)
: a moist subarctic forest dominated by conifers (such as spruce and fir) that begins where the tundra ends

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By that date, the smoke had already spent days traveling thousands of miles — all the way from Siberia, where large swaths of the taiga were ablaze. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 16 July 2018 In this region, at the heart of the taiga, lies the village of Shologon, soon to be coated by a thick cloud of smoke. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 11 Nov. 2022 The Thirsty Camel bar, housed in a Mongolian-style temple constructed from wood from the Siberian taiga and part of a sustainable reforestation program, has one of the best selections of whiskey on this side of Asia. Breanna Wilson, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 The taiga forest trailed the ice, and then the deciduous trees moved in during this age of climate change. Peter Brannen, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 The North American taiga covers more than 2.3 million square miles, an area larger than the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 Most of the taiga in Alaska is left unmolested, at least in the summer months. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 Embedded with us will be a true man of the Russian taiga, wearing camouflage and bearing a rifle and machete. Kent Russell, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 In the great taiga, Russia’s vast subarctic forest, and now in Ukraine, the stories of shatooni rising from apparent death to devour their executioners are not myth. A. Craig Copetas, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Russian taĭga

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of taiga was in 1888

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“Taiga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taiga. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


tai·​ga ˈtī-gə How to pronounce taiga (audio)
: a moist northern forest that consists mostly of cone-producing trees (as pines, spruces, and firs) and begins where the tundra ends
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