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ecospecies

[ ek-oh-spee-sheez, -seez, ee-koh- ]
/ ˈɛk oʊˌspi ʃiz, -siz, ˈi koʊ- /
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noun Ecology.
a taxon consisting of one or more interbreeding ecotypes: equivalent to a taxonomic species.
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Origin of ecospecies

First recorded in 1920–25; eco- + species

OTHER WORDS FROM ecospecies

ec·o·spe·cif·ic [ek-oh-spi-sif-ik], /ˌɛk oʊ spɪˈsɪf ɪk/, adjectiveec·o·spe·cif·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ecospecies

ecospecies
/ (ˈiːkəʊˌspiːʃiːz, -ˌspiːsiːz, ˈɛkəʊ-) /

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

Derived forms of ecospecies

ecospecific (ˌiːkəʊspɪˈsɪfɪk, ˌɛkəʊ-), adjective

Word Origin for ecospecies

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

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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