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[suhb-al-pahyn, -pin] /sʌbˈæl paɪn, -pɪn/
pertaining to the regions at the foot of the Alps.
Botany. growing on mountains below the limit of tree growth, and above the foothill, or montane, zone.
Origin of subalpine
First recorded in 1650-60; sub- + alpine Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • John Muir expresses the belief that no other subalpine floral gardens excel Rainier's in profusion and gorgeousness.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Among the trees are the quaking aspen, Douglas spruce, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • Another thousand feet and the subalpine fir replaces its two near relatives.

    Mount Rainier

  • They are found in most perfect condition in the subalpine region, at an elevation of from eight thousand to nine thousand feet.

    The Yosemite John Muir
  • Between the subalpine areas and the river valleys there are several large ancient burns which are partly reforested.

  • subalpine species adapted to withstand the burden of deep snow take their place.

  • The subalpine people, the Germans and the Slaves, ask the cuckoo how many years they still have to live.

    Zoological Mythology (Volume II) Angelo de Gubernatis
British Dictionary definitions for subalpine


situated in or relating to the regions at the foot of mountains
(of plants) growing below the treeline in mountainous regions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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