Subalpine Sub*al"pine, a. [L. subalpinus.] (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) Inhabiting the somewhat high slopes and summits of mountains, but considerably below the snow line. [1913 Webster]

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  • subalpine — [subal′pīn΄, sub al′pin] adj. [L subalpinus, lit., lying near the Alps: see SUB & ALPINE] 1. designating or of regions at the foot of the Alps 2. designating, of, or growing in mountain regions just below the timberline or on a tundra or paramo;… …   English World dictionary

  • Subalpine — The term subalpine refers to the biotic zone immediately below tree line around the world. Species that occur in this zone depend on the location of the zone on the Earth. Trees in subalpine zone often become krummholz (crooked wood, stunted and… …   Wikipedia

  • subalpine — ● subalpin, subalpine adjectif Qui est situé au pied des Alpes. ● subalpin, subalpine (expressions) adjectif Étage subalpin, zone où se localise le pin à crochets (de 1 800 à 2 400 m en France) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • subalpine — adjective Date: circa 1656 1. of or relating to the region about the foot and lower slopes of the Alps 2. of, relating to, or inhabiting high upland slopes and especially the zone just below the timberline …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • subalpine — /sub al puyn, pin/, adj. 1. pertaining to the regions at the foot of the Alps. 2. Bot. growing on mountains below the limit of tree growth, and above the foothill, or montane, zone. [1650 60; SUB + ALPINE] * * * …   Universalium

  • subalpine — adjective a) At the foot of the Alps b) At or just below the tree line …   Wiktionary

  • subalpine — sub al·pine || ‚sÊŒb ælpaɪn adj. of or pertaining to regions at the foot of the Alps; of or found on mountain slopes just below the timberline …   English contemporary dictionary

  • subalpine — adjective of or situated on the higher slopes of mountains just below the treeline …   English new terms dictionary

  • subalpine — sub·alpine …   English syllables

  • subalpine — /sʌbˈælpaɪn/ (say sub alpuyn) adjective 1. relating to the regions at the foot of an alpine mountain system. 2. Botany growing on mountains below the limit of tree growth, and above the foothill, or montane, zone …   Australian English dictionary

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