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Palearctic Ecozone
2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe...

Nearctic Ecozone
2009-07-01 13:11:19

The Nearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. The Nearctic covers most of North America, Greenland, and the highlands of Mexico. Southern Mexico, southern Florida, Central America, and the Caribbean are part of the Neotropic ecozone. The World Wildlife Fund divides the Nearctic into four bioregions. These four regions are the Canadian Shield, Eastern North America, Western North America, and...

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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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