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

noun Ecology.

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

Nearby words

  1. ecotecture,
  2. ecoterrorist,
  3. ecotone,
  4. ecotourism,
  5. ecotropic virus,
  6. ecowas,
  7. ecphonesis,
  8. ecr,
  9. ecru,
  10. ecs

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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ecotype



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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Science definitions for ecotype



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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