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1. Of or relating to the north; northern.
2. Of or concerning the north wind.
3. Boreal Of or relating to the forest areas of northern Eurasia and northern North America, dominated by coniferous trees such as spruce, fir, and pine.

[Middle English, from Late Latin Boreālis, from Latin Boreās, Boreas; see Boreas.]


of or relating to the north or the north wind
[C15: from Latin boreās the north wind]


1. (Physical Geography) of or denoting the coniferous forests in the north of the N hemisphere
2. (Physical Geography) designating a climatic zone having snowy winters and short summers
3. (Physical Geography) designating a dry climatic period from about 7500 to 5500 bc, characterized by cold winters, warm summers, and a flora dominated by pines and hazels


(ˈbɔr i əl, ˈboʊr-)

1. of or pertaining to the north wind.
2. of or pertaining to the north.
[1425–75; late Middle English boriall < Late Latin boreālis northern (Latin bore(ās) Boreas + -ālis -al1)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.boreal - relating to or marked by qualities associated with the north wind
2.boreal - toward or located in the north; "the boreal signs of the Zodiac"
3.boreal - comprising or throughout far northern regions
northern - situated in or coming from regions of the north; "the northern hemisphere"; "northern autumn colors"


Very cold:
Archaic: frore.
Idiom: bitter cold.
References in classic literature ?
There were days when my heart was volcanic As the scoriac rivers that roll -- As the lavas that restlessly roll Their sulphurous currents down Yaanek, In the ultimate climes of the Pole -- That groan as they roll down Mount Yaanek In the realms of the Boreal Pole.
He knew, and she knew, that, though the fascination which each had exercised over the other--on her part independently of accomplishments--would probably in the first days of their separation be even more potent than ever, time must attenuate that effect; the practical arguments against accepting her as a housemate might pronounce themselves more strongly in the boreal light of a remoter view.
The French cruise ship Le Boreal, en route to South Georgia, was in danger of being driven ashore.
STRETCHING from interior Alaska across Canada to Newfoundland, and sandwiched between the prairies and the Arctic, North America's boreal forest is a mind-boggling 1.
THESE stunning pictures showcase what passengers aboard the "megayacht" La Boreal, which has been docked at Liverpool's cruise terminal, can enjoy during their stay on the ship.
A new monthly Cult Movie Night at The Boreal debuts at 7 p.
By the early twentieth century, interest in the Chaco Boreal increased.
Contract notice: Perform an inventory of natural species including otter lutra lutra, dytiscus latissimus dytiscus latissimus, boreal owl aegolius funereus and common goldeneye bucephala clangula - complement the knowledge about the objects of protection and conditions of their protection in natura 2000 areas.
Dear EarthTalk: How is it that migrating birds are being negatively affected by oil extraction in Canada's Boreal forest?
But Sudbury's College Boreal became a robust venue for a wide variety of events almost by accident.