- of or relating to the north wind.
- of or relating to the north.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) pertaining to Boreas.
Origin of boreal
Examples from the Web for boreal
It blew him as a blade of grass is blown in a boreal blast; yet he sensed the pitch.Melomaniacs
This corner was precisely the boreal lands and seas of North America.The English at the North Pole
The snows of boreal affection did not wither or fade his eternal spring.In Our Town
William Allen White
I had begun to observe this as I approached the boreal center.
Something must be done to lift the soul out of the boreal bleach.
- of or relating to the north or the north wind
- 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
Word Origin and History for boreal
"northern," late 15c., from Latin borealis, from boreas "north wind," from Greek Boreas, name of the god of the north wind, of unknown origin, perhaps related to words in Balto-Slavic for "mountain" and "forest."
- 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.