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[suhb-al-pahyn, -pin] /sʌbˈæl paɪn, -pɪn/
pertaining to the regions at the foot of the Alps.
Botany. growing on mountains below the limit of tree growth, and above the foothill, or montane, zone.
Origin of subalpine
1650-60; sub- + alpine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for subalpine
  • Breeding: northern and subalpine conifers, particularly spruces and firs.
  • Glacial, alpine and subalpine mountains seem harsh but are filled with diversity.
  • Agriculture and urban areas were shaded as dangerous, pine forests and subalpine meadows as habitable.
  • Emerging from under the green forest blanket into the open world of the subalpine can be breathtaking.
  • It has been found in only a few locations in the park in alpine and subalpine environments.
  • Habitat utilization in three species of subalpine mammals.
  • subalpine fir occurs on wetter north-facing valley sites and at higher elevations in the mountains.
British Dictionary definitions for subalpine


situated in or relating to the regions at the foot of mountains
(of plants) growing below the treeline in mountainous regions
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