tai·ga | \ˈtī-gə \

Definition of taiga 

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

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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 With its short flora, the taiga is kind to those intent on spotting movements of game. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Quebec caribou provide hunt of a lifetime for Wisconsin hunters," 7 Oct. 2017 My friend is a sheep hunter, and the taiga is close to his heart – the way some might feel about names such as Aspen, Brook, Delta, Range, River or Timber. Author: Christine Cunningham, Alaska Dispatch News, "An English setter named Winchester? That dog better hunt.," 24 Oct. 2017 The long-legged, large-antlered member of the deer family is found in the tundra, taiga and boreal forest ecosystems from Alaska to Labrador. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Quebec caribou provide hunt of a lifetime for Wisconsin hunters," 7 Oct. 2017 In 1949, she, her mother and her invalid brother were stripped of their beloved farm and sent into the taiga. David Bezmozgis, New York Times, "A Writer Visits Latvia in Search of Her Roots," 15 Sep. 2017 The north-taiga forests are essential for the reproduction of many bird species. National Geographic, "UN Announces 23 New Nature Reserves While U.S. Removes 17," 14 June 2017 Putin spent two days in the remote region of Tuva, southern Siberia, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, going hiking in the taiga and riding rafts and motor boats on a mountain lake, Peskov said. Stepan Kravchenko, Bloomberg.com, "Kremlin to Release GoPro Footage From Putin’s Spear-Fishing Trip," 4 Aug. 2017

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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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