tun·​dra | \ ˈtən-drə How to pronounce tundra (audio) also ˈtu̇n- \

Definition of tundra

: a level or rolling treeless plain that is characteristic of arctic and subarctic regions, consists of black mucky soil with a permanently frozen subsoil, and has a dominant vegetation of mosses, lichens, herbs, and dwarf shrubs also : a similar region confined to mountainous areas above timberline

Examples of tundra in a Sentence

a report on the arctic tundra of Alaska and the polar bears that inhabit that vast, frozen plain
Recent Examples on the Web The smoke is coming from fires in Southwest Alaska, including a historic tundra wildfire that’s threatened multiple villages, KYUK reported this week. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2022 Its tundra and saltwater lagoons are home to bears, caribou and globally significant bird populations. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 Not after the gritty 49ers persevered on the frozen tundra and the glitzy Rams nearly gagged away their season in Florida. San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Jan. 2022 The town is part of the vast, largely Inuit territory of Nunavut, which has no roads linking other towns — specks on the tundra hundreds of miles apart. New York Times, 1 June 2022 But others argue that the beavers aren’t necessarily creating a better or worse tundra—just a different one. Kylie Mohr, Wired, 26 Feb. 2022 However, with Tyler Adams unavailable against Honduras with a hamstring strain, Berhalter reworked his midfield by sitting Musah and using De la Torre in his place on the frozen tundra at Allianz Field. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 And there Gould was on a cold, snowy night in Green Bay, sending Rodgers and the Packers packing on the legendary frozen tundra. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 23 Jan. 2022 The season’s first snow covered the reddening tundra, a stark reminder that winter was on its way. Caroline Van Hemert, Outside Online, 20 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of tundra

circa 1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tundra

Russian, from Russian dialect (northeast) tundra, tundara, from Kildin Sami (Sami language of the northern Kola Peninsula) tūnter

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“Tundra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tundra. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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tun·​dra | \ ˈtən-drə How to pronounce tundra (audio) \

Kids Definition of tundra

: a treeless plain of arctic regions having a permanently frozen layer below the surface of the soil

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