American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation such as lichens, mosses, and stunted shrubs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A marshy moss-covered plain or rolling district, deeply frozen in winter and thawed at the surface in the summer. Such plains occupy large areas of arctic Asia and North America.
- n. In the northern part of Russia (both in Europe and in Asia), one of the nearly level treeless areas which occupy most of that region, and do not differ essentially from the steppes, except that, lying further north, their climate and vegetation are more decidedly arctic than those of the country to the south, with a corresponding increase in the number of small lakes and morasses.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of the level or undulating treeless plains characteristic of northern arctic regions in both hemispheres; the term is most commony associated with the arctic plains of Siberia. The tundras mark the limit of arborescent vegetation; they consist of black mucky soil with a permanently frozen subsoil, but support a dense growth of mosses and lichens, and dwarf herbs and shrubs, often showy-flowered.
- n. a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen
- From Kildin Sami tū̄ndra, the genitive form of тӯндар (tūndar, "treeless plain"). (Wiktionary)
- Russian, from Sami tūndar, flat-topped hill. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The tundra is so soft, you go right up to your naval.”
“The most reliable truck built today seems to be the chevy/gmc based on car and driver and consumer reports research The 4x4 toyota tundra is having major transmission problems so I'd stay clear of them.”
“The main difference between flying mayo to Acidic from Nashville versus Arbon´s frozen tundra is that when our friends arrive at the airport in Nashville the mayo is not frozen solid and is still in a viscuous state.”
“The main difference between flying mayo to Ajijic from Nashville versus Arbon´s frozen tundra is that when our friends arrive at the airpòrt in Nashville the mayo is not frozen solid and is still in a viscuous state.”
“Artic tundra is melting – which disrupts a whole other type of egosystem there as well.”
“Posted May 4, 2006 at 3:43 AM | Permalink | Reply re #40: Yes, it is believed that the word “tundra” comes from the Finnish word “tunturi” which is fjeld in English although there is basicly no tundra in Finland.”
“Ridge falls away to serrated ridge, a world of rock and boulders that soon opens to an infinity of peaks clad in tundra and flecked with Dall sheep.”
“Each piece of water, with its surrounding hills and tundra, is a carbon copy of the last and the next.”
“Mention the word tundra and what is the mental image you get?”
“- release of methane in tundra and the mother of them all”
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