Definition of Boreal

1. Adjective. Relating to or marked by qualities associated with the north wind.

Derivative terms: Boreas
Partainyms: North Wind

2. Adjective. Toward or located in the north. "The boreal signs of the Zodiac"
Partainyms: North

3. Adjective. Comprising or throughout far northern regions.
Exact synonyms: Circumboreal
Similar to: Northern

Definition of Boreal

1. a. Northern; pertaining to the north, or to the north wind; as, a boreal bird; a boreal blast.

2. a. Designating or pertaining to a terrestrial division consisting of the northern and mountainous parts of both the Old and the New World; -- equivalent to the Holarctic region exclusive of the Transition, Sonoran, and corresponding areas. The term is used by American authors and applied by them chiefly to the Nearctic subregion. The Boreal region includes approximately all of North and Central America in which the mean temperature of the hottest season does not exceed 18° C. (= 64.4° F.). Its subdivisions are the Arctic zone and Boreal zone, the latter including the area between the Arctic and Transition zones.

Definition of Boreal

1. Adjective. Of, relating to, or coming from the north. ¹

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Definition of Boreal

1. pertaining to the north [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Boreal

bore bit
bore down
bore out
bore up
bore witness
boreal (current term)
boreal owl
bored out of one's brains
bored out of one's mind

Literary usage of Boreal

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1. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism by James Clerk Maxwell (1881)
"When, however, we speak in the language of the theory of magnetic fluids we shall use the words boreal and Austral. boreal magnetism is an imaginary kind of ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1892)
"RECENT explorations in boreal America and Asia enable us to make comparisons ... In the boreal and sub-boreal portions there are 173 north European species, ..."

3. A Manual of the Mollusca: Being a Treatise on Recent and Fossil Shells by Samuel Peckworth Woodward, Ralph Tate (1880)
"boreal PROVINCE. Tho boreal Province extends across tho Atlantic from Nova Scotia and ... The boreal shells of America are described by Dr. Gould, ..."

4. Hand-books of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy by Dionysius Lardner, George Carey Foster (1874)
"Hypothesis of two fluids, boreal and austral. — These various phenomena of attraction and repulsion, with others which will presently be stated, ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1889)
".e period ; and this physical testimony is corroborated by the association of remains of extinct or boreal animals (mastodon, reindeer, bison, etc. ..."

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