- the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vast areas of northern North America and Eurasia.
Origin of taiga
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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Examples from the Web for taiga
The town is not much to speak of—a few wooden houses along a snowy road in Taiga, some tiny food stores, a Kavkaz café.Is Pussy Riot’s Nadia Tolokonnikova in a Siberian Gulag?
November 8, 2013
Our next meeting was at Taiga, and it was quite a great event.With the "Die-Hards" in Siberia
Then came the formation called the Taiga, a sort of Arctic moorland, which becomes swampy and dangerous in summer.Some Reminiscences of old Victoria
Only occasionally do we see to the north a small patch of taiga, or the Siberian coniferous forest, silent and dark.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
The country is rocky and mountainous, and the taiga spreads over it in all directions for hundreds and thousands of versts.
It's like a grave all round you: a vulture crying above, a bear growling in the taiga, and that's all the pleasure you get!
- the coniferous forests extending across much of subarctic North America and Eurasia, bordered by tundra to the north and steppe to the south
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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