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taiga

[tahy-guh, tahy-gah] /ˈtaɪ gə, taɪˈgɑ/
noun
1.
the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vast areas of northern North America and Eurasia.
Origin of taiga
1885-1890
1885-90; < Russian taĭgá < one or more Turkic languages of the Altai Mountain region; compare Altai, Shor tayγa forest-covered mountain
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taiga

/ˈtaɪɡə/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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taiga
  (tī'gə)   
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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