Origin of biota

1900–05; < New Latin, from Greek biotḗ “life” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for biota


  1. 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
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Word Origin and History for biota

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

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biota in Medicine


  1. The flora and fauna of a region.
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biota in Science


  1. The organisms of a specific region or period considered as a group.
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