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palearctic

[pey-lee-ahrk-tik, -ahr-tik or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ liˈɑrk tɪk, -ˈɑr tɪk or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/
adjective
1.
Zoogeography. belonging or pertaining to a geographical division comprising Europe, Africa north of the tropic of Cancer, the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula, and Asia north of the Himalayas.
Also, paleoarctic.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; pale- + arctic
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