subarctic

[ suhb-ahrk-tik, -ahr-tik ]
/ sʌbˈɑrk tɪk, -ˈɑr tɪk /

adjective

of, pertaining to, similar to, or being the region immediately south of the Arctic Circle; subpolar.

Origin of subarctic

First recorded in 1850–55; sub- + arctic
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British Dictionary definitions for subarctic

subarctic

/ (sʌbˈɑːktɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to latitudes immediately south of the Arctic Circle
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Science definitions for subarctic

subarctic

[ sŭb′-ärktĭk, -ärtĭk ]

Relating to the geographic area just south of the Arctic Circle. The subarctic region is the coldest part of the North Temperate Zone, characterized by warm but very brief summers, and bitterly cold winters. Little vegetation exists in this climate, as temperatures are extreme, ranging from below -30°C (-22°F) in the winter and as warm as 30°C (86°F) in the summer.
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