- the climate of a small area, as of confined spaces such as caves or houses (cryptoclimate), of plant communities, wooded areas, etc. (phytoclimate), or of urban communities, which may be different from that in the general region.
Origin of microclimate
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Its microclimate and soil cannot be replicated, nor can the wine (a bottle of the 1999 vintage fetches $1,795).Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards
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The microclimate of the drainage differs markedly from that of other stations.
- the atmospheric conditions affecting an individual or a small group of organisms, esp when they differ from the climate of the rest of the community
- the entire environment of an individual or small group of organisms
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Word Origin and History for microclimate
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- The climate of a small, specific place within a larger area. An area as small as a yard or park can have several different microclimates depending on how much sunlight, shade, or exposure to the wind there is at a particular spot. Compare macroclimate.
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