boreal

[bawr-ee-uhl, bohr]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the north wind.
2.
of or pertaining to the north.
3.
(sometimes initial capital letter) pertaining to Boreas.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English boriall < Late Latin boreālis northern (Latin bore(ās) Boreas + -ālis -al1)

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boreal (ˈbɔːrɪəl)
 
adj
of or relating to the north or the north wind
 
[C15: from Latin boreās the north wind]

Boreal (ˈbɔːrɪəl)
 
adj
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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boreal
"northern," late 15c., from L. borealis, from boreas "north wind," from Gk. Boreas, god of the north wind, of unknown origin, perhaps related to words in Balto-Slavic for "mountain" and "forest."
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boreal   (bôr'ē-əl)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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Example sentences
The northern boreal forest is certainly not as diverse as the tropics.
They can be thousands of times bigger than boreal bergs, closer to the size of
  a small state than a large ocean liner.
The tundra wolf is a subspecies of the gray wolf, and is found in the boreal
  forests of the world.
There are several trails at the park entrance, weaving through the boreal
  forest around small lakes.
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