- one of the vast, nearly level, treeless plains of the arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America.
Origin of tundra
Examples from the Web for tundra
Contemporary Examples of tundra
Hold the Dark is set in the Alaskan wilderness, in an isolated village at the lip of the tundra.Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons
October 21, 2014
The emissions of frozen CO2 and the tundra around the Arctic Ocean have already begun as it thaws.Al Gore Warms Up
December 9, 2009
Historical Examples of tundra
The snow was sifting over the tundra in icy gusts from the westward.The Trail of a Sourdough
May Kellogg Sullivan
He likes to fight all the little folks of the tundra and sea because he is so big.
Would it be in the tall mountains, or on the tundra, or out on the roof of the sea?
He went wandering all over the tundra, looking for something to eat.
Now the snow had almost all gone from the mountains and the tundra.
- a vast treeless zone lying between the ice cap and the timberline of North America and Eurasia and having a permanently frozen subsoil
- (as modifier)tundra vegetation
Word Origin for tundra
an Arctic steppe, 1841, from Russian tundra, from Lappish tundar "elevated wasteland."
- A cold, treeless, usually lowland area of far northern regions. The lower strata of soil of tundras are permanently frozen, but in summer the top layer of soil thaws and can support low-growing mosses, lichens, grasses, and small shrubs.