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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.]
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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
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(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)]
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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"
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Very cold:
Archaic: frore.
Idiom: bitter cold.
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