- Tundra is the vast treeless plain in the Arctic region between the icecap and the tree line.
An example of tundra is where the subsoil is permanently frozen and the only growth is low growing plants such as moss and lichen.
Origin of tundraRussian of Lapp origin, originally
- A treeless area beyond the timberline in high-latitude regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation such as lichens, mosses, and shrubs.
- A similar area found at high elevations.
Origin of tundraRussian, from Sami tūndar, flat-topped hill.
From Kildin Sami tū̄ndra, the genitive form of тӯндар (tūndar, “treeless plain”).