subarctic

[suhb-ahrk-tik, -ahr-tik]
adjective
of, pertaining to, similar to, or being the region immediately south of the Arctic Circle; subpolar.

Origin:
1850–55; sub- + arctic

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subarctic (sʌbˈɑːktɪk)
 
adj
of or relating to latitudes immediately south of the Arctic Circle

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subarctic   (sŭb'-ärk'tĭk, -är'tĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
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.
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