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boreal

[bawr-ee-uh l, bohr‐] /ˈbɔr i əl, ˈboʊr‐/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the north wind.
2.
of or relating to the north.
3.
(sometimes initial capital letter) pertaining to Boreas.
Origin of boreal
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English boriall < Late Latin boreālis northern (Latin bore(ās) Boreas + -ālis -al1)
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British Dictionary definitions for boreal

boreal

/ˈbɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the north or the north wind
Word Origin
C15: from Latin boreās the north wind

Boreal

/ˈbɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or denoting the coniferous forests in the north of the N hemisphere
2.
designating a climatic zone having snowy winters and short summers
3.
designating a dry climatic period from about 7500 to 5500 bc, characterized by cold winters, warm summers, and a flora dominated by pines and hazels
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Word Origin and History for boreal
adj.

"northern," late 15c., from Latin borealis, from boreas "north wind," from Greek Boreas, name of the god of the north wind, of unknown origin, perhaps related to words in Balto-Slavic for "mountain" and "forest."

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boreal in Science
boreal
  (bôr'ē-əl)   
  1. Relating to the north or to northern areas.

  2. Relating to the north wind.

  3. Relating to the forest areas of the Northern Temperate Zone that are dominated by coniferous trees such as spruce, fir, and pine.


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