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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Northern \North"ern\, a. [AS. nor[eth]erne.] 1. Of or pertaining to the north; being in the north, or nearer to that point than to the east or west. [1913 Webster] 2. In a direction toward the north; as, to steer a northern course; coming from the north; as, a northern wind. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]