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[suhb-ahrk-tik, -ahr-tik] /sʌbˈɑrk tɪk, -ˈɑr tɪk/
of, pertaining to, similar to, or being the region immediately south of the Arctic Circle; subpolar.
Origin of subarctic
1850-55; sub- + arctic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for subarctic
  • These resident pests find landscaped suburban lawns much more pleasant than subarctic tundra.
  • But they don't shield the genome from the trauma of a round trip to the subarctic regions of a freezer.
  • The taiga is a forest of the cold, subarctic region.
  • Taiga is moist subarctic forest dominated by evergreen trees.
  • There are three types of continental climate-warm summer, cool summer, and subarctic.
  • On both of these, you strike out cross-country, bushwhacking through the high subarctic terrain.
  • Winter is the longest season and the animals that are year-round residents are well-adapted to life in the subarctic.
British Dictionary definitions for subarctic


of or relating to latitudes immediately south of the Arctic Circle
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subarctic in Science
  (sŭb'-ärk'tĭk, -är'tĭk)   
Relating to the geographic area just south of the Arctic Circle. The subarctic region is the coldest part of the North Temperate Zone, characterized by warm but very brief summers, and bitterly cold winters. Little vegetation exists in this climate, as temperatures are extreme, ranging from below -30°C (-22°F) in the winter and as warm as 30°C (86°F) in the summer.
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