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Holarctic

[ho-lahrk-tik, -ahr-tik, hoh-]
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adjective Zoogeography.
  1. belonging or pertaining to a geographical division comprising the Nearctic and Palearctic regions.
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Origin of Holarctic

First recorded in 1883; hol(o)- + arctic
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Historical Examples

  • But these distinctions should be and are retained in the divisions of the Holarctic.

    Birds and Nature Vol. 9 No. 2 [February 1901]

    Various

  • So on the whole, this region has not developed so rapidly as the Holarctic.

  • In the second place, the line of migration seems to have been outward from the holarctic region.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall

  • In our part of the Holarctic, that is, the Nearctic, the familiar birds about us do not nest also in the tropical regions.

  • There are no orders, and there seem to be no families which are found in the Holarctic and nowhere else.


British Dictionary definitions for holarctic

Holarctic

adjective
  1. of or denoting a zoogeographical region consisting of the Palaearctic and Nearctic regions
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Word Origin

C19: from holo- + arctic
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