[ek-oh-spee-sheez, -seez, ee-koh-]
- a taxon consisting of one or more interbreeding ecotypes: equivalent to a taxonomic species.
Origin of ecospecies
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- ecology a species of plant or animal that can be divided into several ecotypes
Word Origin for ecospecies
C20: from eco (logy) + species
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- A species considered in terms of its ecological characteristics and usually including several ecotypes capable of interbreeding.
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