[tahy-guh, tahy-gah]


the coniferous evergreen forests of subarctic lands, covering vast areas of northern North America and Eurasia.

Origin of taiga

1885–90; < Russian taĭgá < one or more Turkic languages of the Altai Mountain region; compare Altai, Shor tayγa forest-covered mountain
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  • Our next meeting was at Taiga, and it was quite a great event.

  • Then came the formation called the Taiga, a sort of Arctic moorland, which becomes swampy and dangerous in summer.

  • Only occasionally do we see to the north a small patch of taiga, or the Siberian coniferous forest, silent and dark.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • The country is rocky and mountainous, and the taiga spreads over it in all directions for hundreds and thousands of versts.

  • It's like a grave all round you: a vulture crying above, a bear growling in the taiga, and that's all the pleasure you get!

British Dictionary definitions for taiga



the coniferous forests extending across much of subarctic North America and Eurasia, bordered by tundra to the north and steppe to the south

Word Origin for taiga

from Russian, of Turkic origin; compare Turkish daǧ mountain
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Word Origin and History for taiga

belt of coniferous forests in Siberia, 1869, from Russian taiga, which is of Mongolian origin.

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taiga in Science



A forest located in the Earth's far northern regions, consisting mainly of cone-bearing evergreens, such as firs, pines, and spruces, and some deciduous trees, such as larches, birches, and aspens. The taiga is found just south of the tundra.
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