Dictionary.com

biota

[ bahy-oh-tuh ]
/ baɪˈoʊ tə /
Save This Word!

noun (used with a singular or plural verb)Ecology.
the animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of biota

1900–05; <New Latin , from Greek biotḗ “life”
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use biota in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for biota

biota
/ (baɪˈəʊtə) /

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

Word Origin for biota

C20: from New Latin, from Greek biotē way of life, from bios life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for biota

biota
[ bī-ōtə ]

n.
The flora and fauna of a region.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for biota

biota
[ bī-ōtə ]

The organisms of a specific region or period considered as a group.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK