[ bahy-ohm ]
/ ˈbaɪ oʊm /
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a complex biotic community characterized by distinctive plant and animal species and maintained under the climatic conditions of the region, especially such a community that has developed to climax.
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Different biomes — from coniferous forests to chaparral — are usually primed to burn at different times of the year.“Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires|Umair Irfan|September 11, 2020|Vox
Ecological relations of the breeding bird populations of the desert biome of Arizona.Jaw Musculature of the Mourning and White-winged Doves|Robert L. Merz
British Dictionary definitions for biome
/ (ˈbaɪˌəʊm) /
a major ecological community, extending over a large area and usually characterized by a dominant vegetationSee formation (def. 6)
Word Origin for biome
C20: from bio- + -ome
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Medical definitions for biome
[ bī′ōm′ ]
The total complex of biotic communities occupying and characterizing a particular area or zone, such as a desert or deciduous forest.
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Scientific definitions for biome
[ bī′ōm′ ]
A large community of plants and animals that occupies a distinct region. Terrestrial biomes, typically defined by their climate and dominant vegetation, include grassland, tundra, desert, tropical rainforest, and deciduous and coniferous forests. There are two basic aquatic biomes, freshwater and marine, which are sometimes further broken down into categories such as lakes and rivers or pelagic, benthic, and intertidal zones.
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