North"ern (?), a. [AS. nor&edh;erne.]
Of or pertaining to the north; being in the north, or nearer to that point than to the east or west.
In a direction toward the north; as, to steer a northern course; coming from the north; as, a northern wind.
Northern diver. Zool. See Loon. -- Northern lights. See Aurora borealis, under Aurora. -- Northern spy Bot., an excellent American apple, of a yellowish color, marked with red.
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