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

Examples of taiga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The taiga’s pulse of winter freeze and summer thaw grinds rock into dust, as do the rasp-tongues of glaciers high in some mountains. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 2 May 2024 Embedded with us will be a true man of the Russian taiga, wearing camouflage and bearing a rifle and machete. Alexander Sammon, Harper's Magazine, 25 June 2022 Sitting at the edge of the Arctic, on the banks of the Great Slave Lake, and surrounded by wild taiga, the city of 20,000 came into being when gold was discovered there in the 1930s. National Geographic, 17 Nov. 2020 Life here revolves around the northern forest, known as the taiga. New York Times, 19 July 2021 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

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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 26 May. 2024.

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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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