Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or resembling regions just south of the Arctic Circle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Region immediately outside of the Arctic Circle or regions similar to these in climate or conditions of life.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the subarctic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Approximately arctic; belonging to a region just without the arctic circle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nearly arctic; existing or occurring a little south of the arctic circle: as, a subarctic region or fauna; subarctic animals or plants; a subarctic climate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to latitudes just south of the Arctic Circle

Etymologies

sub- +‎ arctic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I was supposed to be in subarctic America, and high up among the buttresses of the Rockies; yet there was that everlasting spread of flowers.

    The Night-Born

  • As an author, the stories I tell are about our deepest superstitions (the devil peering out from a dark mirror at midnight, say, or the dark energies hidden in the land around us), so I take myself away to haunted places - places such as subarctic

    The Guardian World News

  • Because the penguins were Gentoo penguins—subarctic penguins that were born in the Biodome in Montreal, Canada—it just took a little longer and it was more difficult to get them into New York.

    Coddling Waddling Models

  • Because they are subarctic penguins we could not use them in any exterior scenes when we were filming.

    Coddling Waddling Models

  • Until now, no one had found a permanent or semi-permanent house associated with the hardy people who survived in an subarctic region even colder than it is today.

    Scientists: Oldest human found in Alaska is a child, cremated 11,500 years ago

  • As the Arctic Ocean north becomes less and less icy, commercial fisherman have begun eyeing these vast, untapped waters as an adjunct to the famously rich fishing grounds of the subarctic Bering Sea, west of Alaska.

    Shifting spring: Arctic plankton blooming up to 50 days earlier now

  • The brutal subarctic cold made it all the worse, attacking our shriveling bodies.

    DAY 483 • by Mark Rossmore

  • To get there you have to fly to Siberia, take an aging turboprop plane deep into the taiga, or subarctic forest.

    Russian Oil Frontier: Nowhere Land

  • However us homosapiens types can run faster, swim and have distance weapons as well as a faster rate of reproduction therefore being able to out compete Neanderthal anywhere except the subarctic biome Neanderthal evolved to survive in.

    Some time back Dave Petzel made an excellent post concering the last days of Neanderthal man.

  • Although the boreal forest “treeline” is generally used as a marker for the transition from subarctic to tundra zones, some small shrub-like trees can be found in the lower parts of the tundra.

    Arctic

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