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[ho-lahrk-tik, -ahr-tik, hoh-]
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 of holarctic

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

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


  • 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


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

C19: from holo- + arctic
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