- See under microclimate.
Origin of cryptoclimate
- 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.
Origin of microclimate
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- 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
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Word Origin and History for cryptoclimate
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- 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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