[ bawr-ee-uh l, bohr‐ ]
/ ˈbɔr i əl, ˈboʊr‐ /


of or relating to the north wind.
of or relating to the north.
(sometimes initial capital letter) pertaining to Boreas.

Origin of boreal

1425–75; late Middle English boriall < Late Latin boreālis northern (Latin bore(ās) Boreas + -ālis -al1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for boreal (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbɔːrɪəl) /


of or relating to the north or the north wind

Word Origin for boreal

C15: from Latin boreās the north wind

British Dictionary definitions for boreal (2 of 2)

/ (ˈbɔːrɪəl) /


of or denoting the coniferous forests in the north of the N hemisphere
designating a climatic zone having snowy winters and short summers
designating a dry climatic period from about 7500 to 5500 bc, characterized by cold winters, warm summers, and a flora dominated by pines and hazels
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Scientific definitions for boreal

[ bôrē-əl ]

Relating to the north or to northern areas.
Relating to the north wind.
Relating to the forest areas of the Northern Temperate Zone that are dominated by coniferous trees such as spruce, fir, and pine.
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