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borealis

adjective

pertaining to the north or north wind; also short for [aurora borealis]

Word Origin

from Latin boreas

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  • Was not the Aurora borealis performing in all its splendour?

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Above these mountains shone the flaring rays of the borealis.

    Gods of the North Robert E. Howard
  • "You'd have trouble finding a rhyme to borealis," said the Poet.

    The Inventions of the Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
  • You must have been listening to the fellow down at the borealis the other night.

    The Great Gold Rush

    W. H. P. (William Henry Pope) Jarvis
  • There, we are ready now for old borealis himself, if he chooses to blow!

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • Can it be that the twin-flower of June, the delicate Linnaea borealis, is blooming again?

    Little Rivers Henry van Dyke
  • In the Old World only Kaloula borealis has a comparable northward distribution.

  • Name preoccupied by Lepus borealis sylvaticus Nilson, 1832, from Sweden.

  • A cold luminosity due to electrification, like that of the aurora borealis, would seem to fit the case better.

Word Origin and History for borealis

shortening of aurora borealis (q.v.).

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