[ pree-klahy-maks ]
/ priˈklaɪ mæks /

noun Ecology.

a stable community that precedes the full development of the climax community of a given area and that results from local variations in soil and water.

Origin of preclimax

First recorded in 1915–20; pre- + climax Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020