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 And in the remote, seemingly endless wilderness of the taiga, some people simply want visitors to relay a message to the outside world. Time, 26 Aug. 2021 The taiga is a belt of coniferous forest around the planet at between 50 and 60 degrees north of the equator. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Acting as the planet's lungs, the taiga — along with the Brazilian Amazon — soak up carbon dioxide and generate the air humans breathe. NBC News, 15 July 2021 Russia's boreal, or taiga, forests, the world's largest forested region, are a vital lifeline for the Earth. NBC News, 15 July 2021 To find out, researchers trudged through the Alaskan taiga, seeking out wildfire sites where spruce once dominated. Joel Goldberg, Science | AAAS, 15 Apr. 2021 The drying of soils and vegetation that followed contributed to wildfires that burned millions of acres of taiga, or boreal forest, particularly across Siberia. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2020 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 in the area in the 1930s. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, 20 Nov. 2020 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, 19 Feb. 2020

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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 8 Dec. 2021.

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