[ ek-uh-tahyp, ee-kuh- ]
/ ˈɛk əˌtaɪp, ˈi kə- /

noun Ecology.

a subspecies or race that is especially adapted to a particular set of environmental conditions.

Origin of ecotype

First recorded in 1920–25; eco- + type


ec·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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ecotype

/ (ˈiːkəˌtaɪp, ˈɛkə-) /


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 forms of ecotype

ecotypic (ˌiːkəˈtɪpɪk, ˌɛkə-), adjectiveecotypically, adverb
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Science definitions for ecotype

[ ēkə-tīp′ ]

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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