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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