Definition of Palearctic in English:


(British Palaearctic)

Pronunciation: /-ˈärtik//ˌpālēˈärktik/


  • 1Relating to or denoting a zoogeographical region comprising Eurasia north of the Himalayas, together with North Africa and the temperate part of the Arabian peninsula. The fauna is closely related to that of the Nearctic region.

    Compare with Holarctic
    • ‘Manv similarities exist between Nearctic and Palearctic goose populations, but there are also many differences.’
    • ‘Distribution is widespread, and microhylids are found throughout most tropical and temperate regions except for the Palaearctic, most of Australia, the West Indies, and most Oceanic islands.’
    • ‘The Great Reed Warbler breeds in reed beds of eutrophic lakes and marshes over much of the Palearctic temperate region.’
    • ‘Lobesia botrana is a major vine pest in the Palaearctic region.’
    • ‘House martins breed over a vast area of the Palearctic region from the Atlantic towards the Pacific and as far north as arctic Scandinavia.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Palearctic The Palearctic region.