Definition of tundra in English:



  • A vast, flat, treeless Arctic region of Europe, Asia, and North America in which the subsoil is permanently frozen.

    as modifier ‘tundra vegetation’
    • ‘A river cuts across the tundra, meeting the fjord at a silty delta.’
    • ‘North Asia is an arctic tundra, not a recommended neighborhood to live in, in the winter time.’
    • ‘Glaciers cover much of the wild interior; the rolling tundra glows with delicate Arctic flowers.’
    • ‘Alaska's glaciers coexist with flowering tundras that bloom in the arctic summer.’
    • ‘Bovids are found in a wide variety of habitats, from arctic tundras to deep tropical forests.’
    • ‘In North America, the Arctic tundra is expected to retreat northwards and be replaced by forest.’
    • ‘Ruffs breed in sub-Arctic and Arctic tundra meadows in northern Europe and Siberia.’
    • ‘There wasn't a cloud in the sky, making the snow that blanketed the vast tundra nearly blinding.’
    • ‘Snow Geese nest colonially in the Arctic tundra within five miles of the coast.’
    • ‘Your facilities in the frozen tundra of the Arctic circle can't be a lot better than what we've got at Barrowfield.’
    • ‘They may be able to pinpoint with some accuracy the area where the glaciers stop and the tundra begins.’
    • ‘It is situated on the ground, on grass clumps or hummocks in the open tundra.’
    • ‘Millions of snow geese are mining the fragile tundra in the central and eastern Arctic.’
    • ‘There isn't a single tree in the Arctic tundra, but it is home to some of the most amazing migratory wildlife in the brief arctic summer.’
    • ‘Reindeer herding depends on unbroken tundras and undisturbed vegetation.’
    • ‘We usually arrived at the end of May, when the treeless tundra was still covered with snow.’
    • ‘For more than two centuries, mammoth remains have been turning up in the Russian tundra above the Arctic Circle.’
    • ‘The tundra and vast expanse of snowy waste is used for decorative backdrops, like the mountains of Afghanistan.’
    • ‘Except on portions of the coastal plain, the Alaskan tundra generally has few lakes.’
    • ‘The peregrine falcon can fly all the way from the Alaska tundra to the prairies of central Argentina.’
    grassland, flatland, lowland, pasture, meadowland, open country, prairie, savannah, steppe
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Late 16th century: from Lappish.