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
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Historical Examples of boreal
It blew him as a blade of grass is blown in a boreal blast; yet he sensed the pitch.
This corner was precisely the boreal lands and seas of North America.
The snows of boreal affection did not wither or fade his eternal spring.
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.
British Dictionary definitions for boreal
of or relating to the north or the north wind
Word Origin for boreal
C15: from Latin boreās 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
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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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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