noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Ecology.

the animals, plants, fungi, etc., of a region or period.

Nearby words

  1. biosynthetic,
  2. biosystem,
  3. biosystematics,
  4. biot's respiration,
  5. biot-savart law,
  6. biotech,
  7. biotech.,
  8. biotechnological,
  9. biotechnology,
  10. biotelemetry

Origin of biota

1900–05; < New Latin, from Greek biotḗ “life” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for biota



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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Medicine definitions for biota




The flora and fauna of a region.

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Science definitions for biota



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