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 tundra
- Russian from Sami tūndar flat-topped hill
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Kildin Sami tÅ«Ì„ndra, the genitive form of Ñ‚Ó¯Ð½Ð´Ð°Ñ€ (tÅ«ndar, “treeless plain").