Etymology
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tundra (n.)

an Arctic steppe, 1841, from Russian tundra, from Lappish (Finno-Ugric) tundar, said to mean "elevated wasteland, high-topped hill," or "a marshy plain."

updated on March 19, 2016

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Definitions of tundra from WordNet

tundra (n.)
a vast treeless plain in the Arctic regions where the subsoil is permanently frozen;
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