noun tun·dra \ˈtən-drə also ˈtn-\

: a large area of flat land in northern parts of the world where there are no trees and the ground is always frozen

Full Definition of TUNDRA

:  a level or rolling treeless plain that is characteristic of arctic and subarctic regions, consists of black mucky soil with a permanently frozen subsoil, and has a dominant vegetation of mosses, lichens, herbs, and dwarf shrubs; also :  a similar region confined to mountainous areas above timberline

Origin of TUNDRA

Russian, from Russian dialect (northeast) tundra, tundara, from Kildin Sami (Sami language of the northern Kola Peninsula) tūnter
First Known Use: circa 1841

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TUNDRA Defined for Kids


noun tun·dra \ˈtən-drə\

Definition of TUNDRA for Kids

:  a treeless plain of arctic regions having a permanently frozen layer below the surface of the soil


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