AskDefine | Define subarctic

Dictionary Definition

subarctic adj : of or relating to latitudes just south of the Arctic Circle

User Contributed Dictionary



  • IPA: /sʌbˈɑːktɪk/, /sʌbˈɑːtɪk/


  1. Region immediately outside of the Arctic Circle or regions similar to these in climate or conditions of life.


  1. Of, relating to, characteristic of the subarctic.

Extensive Definition

The Subarctic is a region in the Northern Hemisphere immediately south of the true Arctic and covering much of Alaska, Canada and Siberia, the north of Scandinavia, northern Mongolia and the Chinese province of Heilongjiang. Generally, subarctic regions fall between 50°N and 70°N latitude, depending on local climates.
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