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[krip-toh-klahy-mit] /ˌkrɪp toʊˈklaɪ mɪt/
See under microclimate.
Origin of cryptoclimate


[mahy-kruh-klahy-mit] /ˈmaɪ krəˌklaɪ mɪt/
the climate of a small area, as of confined spaces such as caves or houses (cryptoclimate) of plant communities, wooded areas, etc. (phytoclimate) or of urban communities, which may be different from that in the general region.
Compare macroclimate.
First recorded in 1920-25; micro- + climate
Related forms
[mahy-kroh-klahy-mat-ik] /ˌmaɪ kroʊ klaɪˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
microclimatically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for cryptoclimate


noun (ecology)
the atmospheric conditions affecting an individual or a small group of organisms, esp when they differ from the climate of the rest of the community
the entire environment of an individual or small group of organisms
Derived Forms
microclimatic (ˌmaɪkrəʊklaɪˈmætɪk) adjective
microclimatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cryptoclimate



1918, from micro- + climate. Related: Microclimatology.

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cryptoclimate in Science
The climate of a small, specific place within a larger area. An area as small as a yard or park can have several different microclimates depending on how much sunlight, shade, or exposure to the wind there is at a particular spot. Compare macroclimate.
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cryptoclimate in Culture

microclimate definition

The long-term weather conditions in a small area on the Earth. Usually, this term refers to such things as the differences in weather between the tops of hills and neighboring valleys, or between different parts of the same piece of land.

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