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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A subarctic, evergreen coniferous forest of northern Eurasia located just south of the tundra and dominated by firs and spruces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subarctic zone of evergreen coniferous forests situated south of the tundras and north of the steppes in the Northern Hemisphere.

Etymologies

Russian taĭga, of Altaic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian тайга (tajgá), from South Siberian Turkic (Altai region, for example the Altay or Shor language), or alternatively Yakut тайга (tajga, "untraversable forest").[2][3] (Wiktionary)

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  • "At 68 degrees latitude, this is the taiga, a Russian word meaning "land of little sticks," the upper limit of the world's northern forests."
    —James Campbell, The Final Frontiersman (New York and London: Atria Books, 2004), 65

    September 17, 2008

  • Also the name taken by a trendy (but good) Vancouver manufacturer of outdoor wear.

    November 12, 2007

  • Another term for boreal forest, a subarctic biome characterized by conifers (mostly spruces), small-leaved deciduous trees (birch, willow, aspen), nutrient-poor soil, some permafrost, and relatively low precipitation which mostly comes as snow during the winter.

    November 12, 2007

  • Good for Kird Apes.

    January 1, 2007