noosphere

[ noh-uh-sfeer ]
/ ˈnoʊ əˌsfɪər /

noun Ecology.

the biosphere including and modified by such human activities as agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, urbanization, and industrialization.

Nearby words

  1. noontide,
  2. noontime,
  3. noordbrabant,
  4. noordholland,
  5. noose,
  6. nootka,
  7. nootka fir,
  8. nootka sound,
  9. nootropic,
  10. nop

Origin of noosphere

1940–45; < French noösphere < Greek nóo(s) mind + French sphère sphere

Also called anthroposphere.

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British Dictionary definitions for noosphere

noosphere

/ (ˈnəʊˌsfɪə) /

noun

philosophy the part of the biosphere that is affected by human thought, culture, and knowledge

Word Origin for noosphere

C20: from French noösphère, based on Greek noos mind

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