tundra

noun tun·dra \ ˈtən-drə 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

  1. a report on the arctic tundra of Alaska and the polar bears that inhabit that vast, frozen plain

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Origin and Etymology of tundra

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


TUNDRA Defined for English Language Learners

tundra

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Definition of tundra for English Language Learners

  • : a large area of flat land in northern parts of the world where there are no trees and the ground is always frozen


TUNDRA Defined for Kids

tundra

noun tun·dra \ ˈtən-drə \

Definition of tundra for Students

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


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