taiga

noun
tai·​ga | \ ˈtī-gə How to pronounce taiga (audio) \

Definition of taiga

: a moist subarctic forest dominated by conifers (such as spruce and fir) that begins where the tundra ends

Examples of taiga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time the play was written, the Russian aristocracy was in twilight, the serfs had been emancipated, swaths of the taiga were being deforested. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "Why Tales of Female Trios Are Newly Relevant," 19 Feb. 2020 His past excursions, typically in the Siberian taiga, have showcased him engaged in a wide variety of activities, from shirtless horseback riding to shirtless fishing, shirtless hunting, and snorkeling (not shirtless). Johnny Simon, Quartz, "Photos: Vladimir Putin’s vacations are getting chiller," 9 Oct. 2019 Russian president chose the Siberian taiga forest to go on a hike ahead of his birthday on Oct. 7. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Putin turns 67, takes birthday break in Siberian mountains," 7 Oct. 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 Vast sub-Arctic forests The boreal or taiga ecosystem, a swath of northern forest that covers 17% of the globe’s land area, is adapted to fire. Nancy Fresco, The Conversation, "Huge wildfires in the Arctic and far North send a planetary warning," 14 Aug. 2019 The foal was discovered in the Batagaika crater, a huge 328-foot deep depression in the East Siberian taiga. James Rogers, Fox News, "Scientists want to clone this extinct, frozen prehistoric horse," 6 Sep. 2018 Workers building the new Vostochny spaceport in the country's remote far-eastern taiga were given just two days to mark the coming of 2016. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Big Plan To Finally Put Cosmonauts on the Moon," 6 Jan. 2016 On June 30, 1908 — again, early in the morning — an asteroid ripped through the sky and exploded with tremendous force over an area of Siberian taiga near the Tunguska River. Popular Mechanics, "The Asteroid Hunters," 11 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of taiga

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for taiga

Russian taĭga

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“Taiga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taiga. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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