[ek-uh-tahyp, ee-kuh-]

Origin of ecotype

First recorded in 1920–25; eco- + type
Related formsec·o·typ·ic [ek-uh-tip-ik, ee-kuh-] /ˌɛk əˈtɪp ɪk, ˌi kə-/, adjectiveec·o·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ecotype


  1. ecology a group of organisms within a species that is adapted to particular environmental conditions and therefore exhibits behavioural, structural, or physiological differences from other members of the species
Derived Formsecotypic (ˌiːkəˈtɪpɪk, ˌɛkə-), adjectiveecotypically, adverb
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ecotype in Science


  1. A subdivision of an ecospecies, comparable to a subspecies or geographic race and consisting of an isolated population selectively adapted to a particular set of environmental conditions.
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