[ ek-oh-spee-sheez, -seez, ee-koh- ]
/ ˈɛk oʊˌspi ʃiz, -siz, ˈi koʊ- /

noun Ecology.

a taxon consisting of one or more interbreeding ecotypes: equivalent to a taxonomic species.

Origin of ecospecies

First recorded in 1920–25; eco- + species

Related forms

ec·o·spe·cif·ic [ek-oh-spi-sif-ik] /ˌɛk oʊ spɪˈsɪf ɪk/, adjectiveec·o·spe·cif·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ecospecies


/ (ˈiːkəʊˌspiːʃiːz, -ˌspiːsiːz, ˈɛkəʊ-) /


ecology a species of plant or animal that can be divided into several ecotypes

Derived Forms

ecospecific (ˌiːkəʊspɪˈsɪfɪk, ˌɛkəʊ-), adjective

Word Origin for ecospecies

C20: from eco (logy) + species
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Science definitions for ecospecies


[ ēkō-spē′shēz, -sēz ]

A species considered in terms of its ecological characteristics and usually including several ecotypes capable of interbreeding.

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