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[tahy-guh, tahy-gah] /ˈtaɪ gə, taɪˈgɑ/
the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vast areas of northern North America and Eurasia.
1885-90; < Russian taĭgá < one or more Turkic languages of the Altai Mountain region; compare Altai, Shor tayγa forest-covered mountain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for taiga
  • The prospect of taiga and tundra migrating towards the poles to areas that are now under ice terrifies them.
  • The expanding network of logging roads is opening up the taiga to more people, leading to more fires.
  • taiga forests, which are in cold regions and are dominated by cone-bearing firs and spruces, are yet another biome.
  • Most of the other plants that grow in the taiga must adapt to living in the wet climate of the swamp, also known as a bog.
  • The taiga is a forest of the cold, subarctic region.
British Dictionary definitions for taiga


the coniferous forests extending across much of subarctic North America and Eurasia, bordered by tundra to the north and steppe to the south
Word Origin
from Russian, of Turkic origin; compare Turkish daǧ mountain
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Word Origin and History for taiga

belt of coniferous forests in Siberia, 1869, from Russian taiga, which is of Mongolian origin.

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taiga in Science
A forest located in the Earth's far northern regions, consisting mainly of cone-bearing evergreens, such as firs, pines, and spruces, and some deciduous trees, such as larches, birches, and aspens. The taiga is found just south of the tundra.
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Encyclopedia Article for taiga

vegetation composed primarily of cone-bearing, needle-leaved, or scale-leaved evergreen trees, found in regions that have long winters and moderate to high annual precipitation

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