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biota

[bahy-oh-tuh]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Ecology.
  1. the animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period.

Origin of biota

1900–05; < New Latin, from Greek biotḗ “life”
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British Dictionary definitions for biota

biota

noun
  1. the plant and animal life of a particular region or period

Word Origin

C20: from New Latin, from Greek biotē way of life, from bios life
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Word Origin and History for biota

n.

1901, from Greek biota "life" (see bio-).

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biota in Medicine

biota

(bī-ōtə)
n.
  1. The flora and fauna of a region.
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biota in Science

biota

[bī-ōtə]
  1. The organisms of a specific region or period considered as a group.
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