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pertaining to the north or north wind; also short for [aurora borealis]

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from Latin boreas's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • "You'd have trouble finding a rhyme to borealis," said the Poet.

    The Inventions of the Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
  • Was not the Aurora borealis performing in all its splendour?

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Aurora borealis first seen in England, and was gazed upon with every degree of alarm till nearly three o'clock in the morning.

  • Above these mountains shone the flaring rays of the borealis.

    Gods of the North Robert E. Howard
  • Short cells occur in Holcus lanatus, Hierochloe borealis and Dactylis glomerata interspersed between plane-walled cells.

    Grasses H. Marshall Ward
  • You must have been listening to the fellow down at the borealis the other night.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • He entered the borealis, advanced to the bar, upon which he threw down the sack.

    The Great Gold Rush W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • There, we are ready now for old borealis himself, if he chooses to blow!

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • Can it be that the twin-flower of June, the delicate Linnaea borealis, is blooming again?

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
Word Origin and History for borealis

shortening of aurora borealis (q.v.).

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